Going to school, having a degree and getting a job is the leading notion most African parents and students hold. However, the notion is quite fading away as most big companies around the world less consider university degrees or diplomas to employ workers in achieving set objectives. why?

The blending of higher studies knowledge with skills and job experience remains a major problem in Africa as students continue to receive university lectures in large halls and no practice. Studies have proven however that true learning happens when students stop being passive recipients of information and become active experimenters.

According to a World Street Journal report, in the US  “most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years.”

“At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table”. These highlighted indicators are actually the key employee qualities any employer will long for.

Employers are now looking for graduates who can bring good initiatives, easily adapt to fast-paced work environments, learn new ways of working and develop creative solutions to real problems. Interestingly, these abilities depend more on how graduates were taught than what they learned.

Zooming into Africa, for example, the situation becomes worst. Job experience as a major requirement for employment in Africa is far-reaching


challenges such as poor learning conditions, the absence of internship or voluntary service culture, limited access to industries or companies which could provide such job experience to the students, all go a long way to frustrating the intellectual capacity of graduates in the job market.

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Glassdoor report of January 2017 presented some 8 international companies that don’t only look at your university degree or diploma when screening job seekers for employment

Their employment requirements may differ based on the specific jobs and the offices hiring, but each of these companies has committed to looking at other talents beyond academics when deciding on candidates.


Eight (8) International companies that less consider university degrees or diplomas for employment

  • Ernst and Young (EY) – Team Assistant, Tax Manager, HR Assistant, Executive Assistant, IT Onsite Support Specialist, Quality & Risk Management Associate,
  • Google – Legal Assistant, Operations Assistant, Administrative Business Partner, Product Manager, Children’s Center Teacher, Analyst of Social Support Insights
  • Penguin Random House – Trade Show Coordinator, Contracts & Permissions Assistant, Author Tour Coordinator, Customer Service Manager,
  • Hilton – Cook, Suitekeeper, Director of Rooms Division, Director of Food & Beverage, Dishwasher, Guest Service Agent
  • Apple – Copy Writer, iTunes Store Software Engineer, Financial Analyst, Caffe Macs Juice Bar Attendant, Senior Electrical Technician, Senior Manager, Genius
  • Starbucks – Store Manager, Shift Manager, Inside Sales Account Rep, Teavana Store Manager, Recruiter
  • Nordstrom – Logistics Processor, Retail Cashier, Retail Sales, Restaurant Server & Host, Barista, Retail Sales Counter Manager
  • IBM – Recruiting Specialist, Offering Management and Developer Advocacy, Compliance Officer, Senior Graphic Designer