The prospect of Google replacing college degrees sounds fun - in theory, but legitimately... there will have to be more players in this realm... or at least one would assume?
Google by implementing this tech-education format... is essentially creating a way now to have prospective employees pay for their 'job training' at a way-more affordable cost than traditional universities.. which I am absolutely game for.
It really makes you wonder though, what was the initial purpose of going to school to receive a degree? Do we really deem it as just job training, or is it for something much deeper?
What about humanities, will Google be replacing this too?
I agree but I think the fact that Google is accepting these courses in lieu
of 4-year college degrees in their own hiring gives this initiative a huge
boon. It speaks to their confidence in the robustness of these programs.
Maybe this will have other companies participating in Google's program
instead of building their own?
Interesting point on the purpose of going to school and the fate of the
humanities. The sense of community and socialization that in-person
schooling provides cannot be understated. Perhaps schools and specifically
higher education can reclaim some of their original purpose and be shared
spaces of abstract thinking, intellectual debate and research. While these
online courses become more like "trade schools for the digital age".
Gamechanger? “In our own hiring, we will now treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles.” - Google Senior VP of Global Affairs