The tech giant Google, is known for providing its technical assistance and innovation to make our day to day life easier. The American multinational technology company that specialises in internet related services and products, is here with a solution to deal with the issues of tech education and its certification.
The company is launching a new provision of distributing a career certificate for deep learning on the offered tech skill online course. This initiative extends help for people to accelerate their career toward digital jobs in the current upcoming high demand fields, without depending on the certification from a college degree. The key perk in this launch is that they have made the courses affordable for the general population. These relatively short courses lasting for a duration of mere three to six months looks at completely replacing the traditional four year college degree program. These online learning courses will only take about 5 hours a week to complete.
Off lately, the snowballing advancement in the field of technology demands for the accessibility of adequate and satisfactory education on the subject. Only a few generations ago, a college degree was the topmost priority for an individual to have a successful career. However, today any college or university is seen to have a hard time keeping up the pace at which the tech domain is making headway. Even with the available college course, they are lagging behind in the specialization that this sector requires. In this era where a candidate's valid skill set matters more than a college's extravagantly priced professional certificate, there is a towering need for a course that entails deep learning and specialization in the given field.
Nick Larsen, a data engineer at Stack Overflow, commented in an article, that a degree is not a requirement, a degree is a plus but not required, and a degree is a real requirement. "The reality of getting hired as a developer, is that it's way easier to get hired if you show the company what you have done. A portfolio of projects and products you have made credible contributions to is worth more than years of experience or schooling," says Nick. Their 2016 Developer Survey found that about 56% of developers actually do not have a college degree in computer science or any related tech fields. It was found that the most popular way for developers to learn is by "self-teaching" in some way or online learning. In 2020, Elon Musk expressed his views on how he felt that a college diploma or degree is not necessary to land a job, but rather an experience for learning. He even stood by his word by saying that an individual does not require a prestigious four year degree to work at Tesla.
To further banish the ideology of requiring a college certificate for landing jobs at Google, the company has already launched two career certificate courses : Google IT Support Professional Certificate Program in 2018 and the Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate in 2020. These training courses taught solely by Google employees, are being run by online education company Coursera, offering anyone the chance to get certified for an entry-level job in the respective fields. Based on the success of these two, Google is planning to launch three more online courses. The new online learning certificate program plans to be launched for people interested in roles like - Data Analyst, Project Manager and UX Designer.
Google assures that earning this certificate creates a pathway to for in demand, high paying jobs which provide a Google Career Certificate which can be shared on your LinkedIn profile and on printed resumes, CVs and other documents to help stand out to employers. Google explained, "Earning the certificate is an important first step, and you'll also be supported in the next step - the job search. Once you complete the program, you can opt in to share your information directly with top employers hiring for jobs in these fields." Hundreds of initiation opportunities will become available at the company itself for people who complete the career certificate programs to provide real in office training.
The IT Support course costs a mere $49 a month available with a Coursera subscription. Kent Walker, the senior vice president of global affairs at Google tweeted that even for their own company's hiring, they will treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four year degree for related roles. The tech company has also promised to fund 100,000 need-based scholarships. It will also be awarding over $10 million in grants to three nonprofits like YWCA, NPower, and JFF to provide overall workforce development for women, veterans, and minorities.
The initiative taken by Google is a firm step taken to reject the age-old belief that quality education being acquired from reputable universities as the only priority for top notch organisations to recruit candidates. It is one of the best news ever received for students interested in the similar tech fields, aspiring to get better at them. These economical courses for a long lasting relevant higher education for beginner learners, is an absolute steal. All those interested in the field should look out for the launch of these training courses.