I was just contacted by a recruiter, telling me that I was not considered for a position.
I was bold enough to ask which merits I lacked.
The answer was : "I had no formal education or experience".
This is partly true.. No, I don't have formal education for said position, but all my merits, my personality and "informal and unpaid" experience make me more than qualified.
Could the way companies recruit be one of the main reasons organisations lack diversity and development? Should I only apply to jobs I am formally educated for, and ignore all the knowledge I've acquired elsewhere? Is that what most organisations want? Or could it be so that those that look beyond a paper diploma and look deep in real world impact, implications and self education are companies that will survive in the future.
It is without a doubt worth having validated knowledge in form of a formal education, but shouldn't the operative word be education rather than formal? A diploma is great, and today with a sea of online courses one can get a tangible merit. However, many of us have self educated without the slightest thought of doing so, partly because some of us were around before the boom in free online educations and Lynda.com, partly because we didn't think in those terms. Formality can be obtained, but is it worth it? That time can surely be spend working?
Most brilliant neuroscientists I know are actually computer scientists who have taken an interest in the brain. Most amazing journalists I know are actually musicians, and the most intelligent analyst I've ever met has not even gone to highschool.
So does it really matter what ones diploma says if ones skills are demonstrated elsewhere? In a few instances I've been given a test, so that the recruiter can analyze my thoughts and ideas when it comes to a position and I've been able to show my skills by applying them.
I am deeply grateful for those.
The more I experience when it comes to the job market, the more I realize that the recruitment process is incredibly narrow, and there is more luck than talent involved in being discovered., despite incredibly proficient recruiters..
As I write this I am watching Downton Abbey, and they keep saying "in a different world" "ahead of ones time" "perhaps in the future".
I am starting to undertand the width of what they mean. A person like me is more suited for the work market of the future, not the one today.