Google would prefer you didn’t go to college.


Laszlo Bock,Google’s head of people operations (i.e. HR) – “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.”

It’s neat to hear that Google is catching up to what small businesses have known for a while. It used to be Google prided itself on having “more PHDs per capita than any other company on earth”, while smaller, nimbler companies like Gravity Switch put focus on results.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t even look at the education line of a résumé when reviewing candidates. All I care about is what they’ve done. You can read a little more about Google’s philosophy here and why other large companies are embracing this hiring philosophy here, but the short and the long of it is College doesn’t educated knowledge workers. It creates robots, or as Wired Magazine says:

The dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. (In 1899, William T. Harris, the US commissioner of education, celebrated the fact that US schools had developed the “appearance of a machine,” one that teaches the student “to behave in an orderly manner, to stay in his own place, and not get in the way of others.”)




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