Paul L. Caron

Friday, August 28, 2020

Google's Career Certificates Aim To Replace College Degrees

Inc, Google Has a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree:

Google CertificatesGoogle recently made a huge announcement that could change the future of work and higher education: It's launching a selection of professional courses that teach candidates how to perform in-demand jobs.

These courses, which the company is calling Google Career Certificates, teach foundational skills that can help job-seekers immediately find employment. However, instead of taking years to finish like a traditional university.

"College degrees are out of reach for many Americans, and you shouldn't need a college diploma to have economic security," writes Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs at Google. "We need new, accessible job-training solutions—from enhanced vocational programs to online education--to help America recover and rebuild."

Walker then revealed the following on Twitter:

"In our own hiring, we will now treat these new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree for related roles."

Google didn't say exactly how much the new courses would cost. But a similar program Google offers on online learning platform Coursera, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, costs $49 for each month a student is enrolled. (At that price, a six-month course would cost just under $300—less than many university students spend on textbooks in one semester alone.) Additionally, Google said it would fund 100,000 needs-based scholarships in support of the new programs.

Higher education has been ripe for disruption for a long time. And while Google's recent announcement may not be the final nail in the coffin, it's a move with major potential to change the future of education and work. ...

Google claims their courses, which would cost a fraction of a traditional university education, prepare students to immediately find work in high-paying, high-growth career fields.

The three new programs Google is offering, together with the median annual wage for each position (as quoted by Google), are:

  • Project manager ($93,000)
  • Data analyst ($66,000)
  • UX designer ($75,000)

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"Law firms should form a consortium and provide similar training for aspiring lawyers."

In virtually every other nation, this is rightfully viewed as the domain of professional legal education.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 2, 2020 10:47:41 AM

After undermining privacy and free competition for years, Google steps in to undermine education (and, you can bet, to profit handsomely from it)!

Posted by: Alexander Tsesis | Aug 28, 2020 7:39:45 AM

Law firms should form a consortium and provide similar training for aspiring lawyers.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 28, 2020 7:19:42 AM

Kudos, Google!

(My and no doubt many others' primary and flexible path to learning for years already.)

Posted by: Anand Desai | Aug 28, 2020 5:59:32 AM