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December 10, 2021
Opinion Piece

Degrees or Skillfulness

South African born entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, Elon Musk, recently tweeted that not having a degree won’t disqualify you from working at the electric car manufacturer.


Instead, Musk said, he was looking for ‘evidence of exceptional ability.’


More companies seem to be waking up to the fact that their employees don’t need a degree to be extraordinary. Not everyone is cut out for university or degree study. Instead, employers are starting to recruit people with creative problem-solving skills, a collaborative mindset and an ability to deal with complex and uncertain situations.


These so-called ‘soft skills’ will never go out of date, as opposed to the ‘hard’ duties, responsibilities and skills of most jobs that are being replaced as fast as technology is speeding up and changing the world we live in.


According to the World Economic Forum, more than one billion jobs (very likely the job you have your eye on now), will probably be transformed by technology in the next decade.


It is invaluable therefore to continuously upskill and to keep refining and developing the skills you already possess. Raw talent is wonderful but it can only take you so far!


At Oakfields College we realise that skills training is an acceptable and necessary study option. That is why we believe our one-year certificate courses (with optional second year) are fantastic options for school-leavers who do not want to enrol in a full degree course.


Our certificate courses are very practical, hands on and creative and our lecturers are experienced industry professionals.


A certificate from Oakfields College provides students the opportunity to earn a qualification with the necessary skills to be work-ready when they graduate and have the entrepreneurial skills to immediately start their own business if they choose.


Please visit our website at for more information on our course offerings, or swing by one of our campuses in Pretoria and Edenvale to see what Extraordinary Education looks like.

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