Yesterday, I had a call from a friend whoâ€™s been job-hunting from the middle of last year till now. Heâ€™s been lucky to be short-listed for a few interviews but none ever worked out due to the â€œuniversity degreeâ€ menace rocking the nation.
This guy in question is a very practical person when it comes to the field of information technology. Heâ€™s just curious to know about the latest IT trends, new software usage, troubleshooting skills and How-toâ€™s but heâ€™s not getting employed. So I asked myself; what is wrong with not having a degree??
Dearest my passionate reader; please help me answer this question that keeps bugging my mind over the above subject.
Question: Why do employers in Ghana demand a prospective employee to have a degree before been employed?
According to a colleague I shared this topic with yesterday; this is how she defines a â€œdegreeâ€. She says; â€œA degree only shows that a person can follow a set motion of educational learning, but that person might have no common sense or experience at allâ€.
To some extent, I realized what she said was very TRUE. Do you also agree or disagree with her? This is actually very evident with a lot of people I know who have a degree in Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science and Computer Engineering but absolutely knows nothing. Yes, they know absolutely NOTHING.
Somewhere in August 2009; a week after Maker Faire Africa, a friend asked me to come have a look at his computer because it was acting â€œfunnyâ€ and needed to format it. He didnâ€™t even know the steps in formatting a PC, let alone grab an installation CD to startâ€¦ Would you believe this friend is a graduate from the prestigious University of Ghana with a BSc Computer Science degree couldnâ€™t solve this small problem on his PC?? What is the essence of his degree then?
I know graduates who have first-class honors in the IT field from some of the top universities of Ghana. I randomly asked a few of them to terminate a CAT-5 network cable for use in connecting to a Local Area Network, and they were like flying to the Accra Zoo for assistance. When asked why they couldn’t terminate the cable, their reply was; â€œWe were not taught how to terminate a network cable at the university!â€ You wouldnâ€™t believe where some of these guys are working now?
Some random girl [a university graduate] who keeps reading my blog and thinks Iâ€™m a geeky/nerdy sort of a person because of my passion for tech-stuffs once asked me: â€œWhy is it that I cannot get a jobâ€? My answer to her question was this simple; â€œYou don’t have any practical experience in ICT and for that matter, you need to go for ICT professional courses [Cisco, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle or CompTia] in addition to the degree you have. If you have any of the trainings/certifications in those fields, your chances of getting short-listed and a promising job is far higher than only the so called â€œDegreeâ€.
How would you compare the â€œwhom you knowâ€ syndrome currently rocking the nation to the bureaucracy of yester-years… Continue reading more?
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