Re: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review

Subject: Re: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:28:25 -0600

Every job or contract I've had as a tech writer has had Bachelor's degree as a requirement, yet I don't have one. I do, however, have two Associate's (two year) degrees: Electromechanica Technology (Robotics) and Technical Communication. I got the degree in Electromechanical Technology first and it gave me enough technical knowledge to understand what was going on under the hood of a laser trim system for the hybrid microelectronics industry. That was my first job as a technical writer and I'll always be grateful that my boss at that company took a chance on me.

I've encountered two companies that won't consider me because I don't have a Bachelor's degree... one of 'em is too far to drive on a daily basis and the other one, just two miles down the road from my house, is way too stuffy anyway... women must wear skirts or dresses and men must wear ties. I've worn my last tie.

I do, however, have a friend who got fired from his job as the programming manager at a large corporation when a "new broom" came in and decided that anyone on his staff who didn't have a degree wasn't qualified.

Best Regards,

Mike
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On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM, Lois Patterson <loisrpatterson -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

I am wondering if the additional possibilities for credentials may not
actually decrease the demand for "prestigious" degrees. It's just that
there will be a requirement for both the degree plus doing well on
credential/skills testing.
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References:
"Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Lois Patterson
Re: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Julie Stickler
RE: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Al Geist
RE: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Michael Wyland
Re: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Tony Chung
Re: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Lois Patterson
Re: "Credentials are so 20th century" - "The degree is doomed" - Harvard Business Review: From: Tony Chung

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