Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has stressed that it is not necessary to be a university graduate to climb the corporate ladder ("Building opportunities by matching skills to jobs"; Monday).
Bringing about such a mindset change will take another generation or so, as the paper chase has become the norm over the past two decades.
Now, even a general degree does not guarantee one a job, not when employers are seeking those with higher qualifications like master's degrees and doctorates.
The civil service should set an example for the private sector to follow. Perhaps it could publish data on the number of graduates and non-graduates it has recruited over the past 10 years, as well as reveal how many non-graduates were promoted within this period.
The examples of non-graduates cited, in nursing and the Singapore Armed Forces, are exceptions as these professions require special skill sets ("Better job prospects for non-grads"; Monday).
If the civil service does lead by example, I do not see why the private sector will not follow.
David Soh Poh Huat
This article was first published on Aug 20, 2014.
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