[Gllug] Jobs Sites and Universities [slightly off-topic]

Bernard Peek bap at shrdlu.com
Fri Jul 2 10:58:10 UTC 2004

In message <40E46CB5.9010204 at house-from-hell.demon.co.uk>, Ian Northeast 
<ian at house-from-hell.demon.co.uk> writes
>Bernard Peek wrote:
>> The best developers I ever hired both failed their degrees.
>The best sysadmin I ever hired had a PhD. But in nuclear physics, not 
>computer science.
>A good degree from a good university indicates that the candidate is 

Regrettably no. One of the reasons why I don't have a degree is that in 
1975 at the age of 21 I had to train a bunch of new graduates. Some of 
them were reasonably bright, and some weren't. The standards have 
dropped a long way since then. The possession of a degree doesn't even 
indicate average intelligence any more.

There's going to be an interesting clash in 2006 when the age 
discrimination legislation comes into effect. As the proportion of the 
UK population with degrees is age-related any mature candidate rejected 
for a job because they don't have a degree will be able to prosecute.

Bernard Peek
London, UK. DBA, Manager, Trainer & Author. Will work for money.

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