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You must be in shock right now, after reading the heading, right? But it soon going to be an industry norm. Students assume getting a four-year-degree that ends up thousands of students in loan debt that comes along with it- is the only way to get the high-paying jobs in top companies like, Apple, Google, and Netflix.

But that isn’t true anymore.

Prominent business leaders like Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton and Apple CEO Tim Cook are already raising their questions on the need for four-year degree altogether. It is recently unveiled by the Cook that about half of Apple's US employment last year comprised people who did not have a four-year degree.

And behind this decision, Cook gave a valid reason, and one of them is- many colleges do not teach the skills that a business leader needs in the workforce, such as coding.

Humpton, too, discharged the idea that a four-year degree guarantees career-readiness: "All too often, job requisitions will say they require a four-year degree, when in fact there's nothing about the job that truly requires a four-year degree - it merely helped our hiring managers sort of weed through the crowd and get a smaller qualified candidate group," Humpton recently declared at the White House while the first American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting was going on.

Experts and researches are already tossing their mind on taking the alternatives to help the young people to get employment that will not demand a four-year degree.

"Our company, as you know, was founded by a college drop-out," Cook said at the White House panel. "So we've never really thought that a college degree was the thing that you had to have to do well. We've always tried to expand our horizons."

Author-Simran Bhatnagar

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