Requiring formal education as a default is an inequitable hiring practice we need to end
Recently, I’ve been seeing more and more job postings list the salary range. This is awesome. As awesome as the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” which I binge-watched in three days in lieu of slee…
Formal education causes us to simplify the concept of qualification: We assume that a college education will give people the basic skills to do a job. But honestly, this is a lazy way to determine qualification. When it comes to complex issues, such as the ones many of us are addressing in the nonprofit sector, it takes way more than whether someone can write term papers and pass exams. Using formal education allows us to ignore evaluating skills that may be more relevant and useful to positions.
Determine if a position really requires an education when you have a new job listing. Think about whether a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is really necessary, of if someone can do a perfectly good job if they have the skills and experience. If formal education is not really needed, don’t list it as a requirement. There are many positions that absolutely requires formal education. Mental health counseling, medical services, and legal work, for example. Most positions though probably don’t, if we’re honest with ourselves. I’ve been an Executive Director for nearly a decade now, and as universally difficult, complex, and volatile this position is, there is nothing about it that a hardworking, dedicated person cannot learn to do without an expensive formal degree.
Emphasis in the original.
It’s a quick read and one I strongly agree with. A friend posted this on FB and a number of people are writing disagreeing comments that bring up points or arguments that are in the piece itself. Or say “it’s really position dependent” to argue against the piece when my friend pulled out part of the above quote that literally says the same thing.
So apparently, having a degree doesn’t mean you’ll be any more likely to actually read an article beyond the headline.