The tech giant Google has announced they will begin accepting Google learning certificates instead of College degrees.
Month courses for potential employees to train for in-demand jobs in a portion of the time it would take at University. The qualification will see successful students graduate with a Google Career Certificate, which will be viewed by the company as the equal of a four-year degree for similar roles.
The cost of the courses has not yet been exposed but approximations based on the company’s existing certificates predict it would be around $300 and Google has already announced it will be sourcing funds for 100,000 scholarships.
The courses will give successful students the skills they need to enter into high paying career arenas with growth potential, focusing on subjects such as Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience Design to be taught by Google employees.
“These new career programs are designed and trained by Google employees who work in these fields. The programs equip participants with the essential skills they need to get a job. No degree or prior experience is required to take the courses,” wrote Kent Walker, a senior vice president of global affairs at Google, in a post.
The shift from conventional academic comes in the face of disapproval surrounding degrees regarding their user-friendliness to students. The financial burden of courses that take several years to complete can leave students with enormous debts for years following their graduation. Without job security or the guarantee of a decent wage, undertaking a degree can leave some students worse than they started off. In contrast, the Google Career Certificate aims to prepare students for immediate work for a fraction of the cost of traditional college degrees.