When it comes to getting a job, especially one in the technology field that requires a refined skill set, you may think that the more impressive the diplomas and universities on your resume, the better chances you have landing the position. Someone with a couple degrees from MIT will surely land a job before someone with a single degree from a smaller school not known for its IT program.
However, according to a recent Infoworld article, passion, not education, is what hiring managers are looking for. The piece features comments from executives at many tech and non tech companies that share similar stories.
Jim O'Neill, CIO of inbound marketing software company HubSpot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said that in his five-plus years making hiring decisions, he has never done so based on education. He added that education does not correlate to success.
Markus Schwarz, senior vice president, Global SAP Education, said candidates should be able to show how IT projects they worked on in their spare time solved a business problem or gained traction among users.
"What hiring managers are looking for is somebody who is able to consciously plan to approach a certain problem," Schwarz said. "They need to prove that they can connect the world they're familiar with – technology – with the worlds of business and the business user."
Shravan Goli, the president of Dice, said that it recently hired someone that graduated from Fresno State who created an Android app on their own to a mobile product manager position.
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