Is a university degree a deal-breaker for prospective employees? What do South African job-seekers believe to be their most important assets?
This is what CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi asked her listeners, after Ernst & Young London announced it would no longer consider degrees and qualification gradings when looking for employees.
The accountancy giant said it will not look at applicants' academic records or their carefully-built CVs, but instead, will employ online tests in an attempt to assess potential candidates.
Many business experts claim that ‘soft skills’ are the modern workplace’s most sought-after, and far more valuable than exam results.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
CapeTalk/702 listeners respond via Twitter:
@RediTlhabi So I think your experience highlights the importance of self-determination and the existence opportunity.— Afrikan Optimist (@sszonke) September 30, 2015
@RediTlhabi E&Y initiative is concerning because the youth will not value education, we do not want to worsen the situation— Ayanda Ngomane (@ayanda_skhay) September 30, 2015
@RediTlhabi many ppl succeeded in corporate through commitment, talent and intellect. Some from learnership to management position— Andrew Mosesi (@amosesi1803) September 30, 2015
@RediTlhabi No qualification=less professionalism (e.g.our government) plus poor quality in most cases. Few can make it without studying.— Dr NV Khumalo (@NVKhumalo) September 30, 2015