Why Do Recruiters Ignore Computer Science Degrees?

Why do they often choose to employ people without degrees? Is it because they can pay them less or because they think they are up to date about latest technologies? Is it fair to say that such recruiters are harming the profession of computer science and the engineering discipline?


Here’s a fun question I was asked. Why do recruiters often ignore degrees in computer science? Or do they often choose to employ people without CS degrees? Is it because they think they can pay them less or is it because they are up to date with the latest technologies? Is it fair to say that such recruiters are harming the profession of computer science and engineering disciplines?

Let me start by saying you’ve got it all wrong.

I want to divide recruiters into two categories – – agency recruiters and then corporate recruiters.

Agency recruiters make no such decisions. Agency recruiters are hired by organizations to find people with particular types of backgrounds and skills that that firm has determined are appropriate and suitable for the roles that need to be filled.

Let me repeat that. They don’t make the decision. They are hired by an organization that has made a decision about the skills and experience that they need for someone to be successful in a role.

So, if you are talking about how agency recruiters are harming the computer science profession, they are the messenger for an organization that wants to hire people. As long as the requesting organization is making is legal, that is, it is not discriminatory based upon certain classifications, then it is acceptable.

A firm may not want to pay the premium that a computer science grad wants to earn and it may not matter to them that a person has a certain degree. They may just want someone who has experience.

Let’s switch to corporate recruiters.

Corporate recruiters reflect hiring managers. They don’t make decisions. Hiring managers have decided that the CS degree is overvalued or overinflated in terms of its value. As a result, it doesn’t matter to them. They may have their own experience where they don’t have that degree and have done perfectly fine.

Some people may tell you that you should work for a firm that doesn’t value your degree. Okay. That’s your prerogative. You may miss out on some great opportunities from terrific organizations. That is your choice in all this.

You can choose to work for organizations that value to agree to a higher level and others. However, from an organizational standpoint, they have things that need to be done. The smart ones, in my mind, don’t care if the academic is in place.

If the person has a CS degree and can’t do what needs to be done, it’s irrelevant that they have that degree. After all, if you are a recent grad, you don’t have any experience delivering on this except what you had done out of the textbook or a lab.

If you’re an experienced individual, you’ve already transcended what you learned in school and the firm interviewing you may not follow that methodology that you learned in school.

Again, it’s your choice when you go to work but organizations have a responsibility to hire people who can work in their culture and do what needs to be done.

Apparently, are finding some organizations that don’t value your degree the same way that people at the University told you it should be valued.

Remember, what is the University trying to do? They are selling seats. They are selling the value of their program. Perhaps, they inflated its value to you.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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