Hiring is a whole different mess. I appreciate the problem of necessary yet bullshit credentials. (I learned a lot from college, but very little of it related to computer science, and while I owe my current job to college, it’s because a member of the faculty used a personal connection to recommend me for an internship. So, I would have done almost as well with a fake degree.)

I have other rants on hiring, having been involved in interviews on both sides of the table several times. It’s broken, in a different but related way.

Ideally, we’d consistently have technical people interview technical hires, remove bullshit credentials as requirements, and end up undercutting the industry in bullshit credentials while simultaneously improving the average quality of worker in the industry. I don’t think that’ll happen until after the next major tech industry crash, though.

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