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We are churning out Ph.Ds like never before, yet the cumulated contribution to humankind of one year strong of this scholar drivel has less impact than a 3-minute long TED talk.

Feel free to comment.

What is a Ph.D. worth today?

Does a degree realistically depicts what one is able to do?

Do you foresee the top-down model disappearing, and the need of something radically different?

Do you want to stick to the meritocratic status quo?

If yes, why?


Here is a brief overview of Apple’s board of admins.

I’m not surprised. What kicks me in the head is how Apple morphed into what it is today. From hippie artists (musicians, painters, etc) who happened to be tech geniuses to… A corporate colossus.

I purposely skipped the quite boring and pompous list of achievements, rewards and past experience, and kept only the degrees description.

If you have equal or higher qualifications, you may interest Apple, but you need a recommendation anyway.

Afterall, A players love to work with A players, right?

Here is the list. Enjoy!

Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple and serves on its Board of Directors.

Tim earned an M.B.A. from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.

Eddy Cue is Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Eddy earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.

Scott Forstall is senior vice president of iPhone Software at Apple.

Forstall received both a Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Jonathan Ive is the senior vice president of Industrial Design at Apple, reporting directly to the CEO.

Ive holds a Bachelor of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Newcastle Polytechnic.

Bob Mansfield is senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, reporting to the CEO.

Mansfield earned a BSEE degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.

Peter Oppenheimer is Apple’s senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer.

Oppenheimer received a bachelors degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, both with honors.

Philip Schiller is Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and reports to Apple’s CEO.

Schiller graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Boston College.

Bruce Sewell is Apple’s general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Government Affairs, reporting to Apple’s CEO.

Sewell received his J.D. from George Washington University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lancaster, in the United Kingdom, in 1979.

Jeff Williams is Apple’s senior vice president of Operations, reporting to the CEO.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Duke University.

Degrees suck. Don’t get brainwashed. No way.

Hello everyone, newcomers as well as returning readers (I guess I can count you on the fingers of one hand…)

Come on, I don’t bite. If you disagree with what I write, if I challenge your values…at least tell your friends about it!

I want to address something totally overlooked: degrees… And the brainwashing behind it all.

A degree is nothing but a weak crutch.
It is in no way a passport. No one will open you the door to success just because…(add fluff talk here.)

Success is personal, not absolute. It is yours, and only yours. Do not copy anyone else. It’s not your life…

Do not trade WHO you are for a cliché.

No one will consider you more than anyone else even if you’re out of Harvard (or HEC for France.)

There are so many boring, unpersonal, void people with degrees that it is becoming way too common.

How common is close to mediocre?

How mediocre is close to meaningless?

Why should one pay attention to you more than anyone else?

You are your best degree. You don’t need anything more.

Employers love real-life stories, not piles of paper and memorials.

Do you know what I mean?

Unclutter. Get rid of features (degrees) and show benefits.

Don’t lie. Don’t create a fake character to please anyone.

You will get more than you expect… Only if you don’t expect anything!

In case you didn’t get it… This post is about job seeking and how HR people think and feel…

Yes, they feel! More than you can ever imagine.


Well, this was just a really quiet warm-up. Brace yourselves. 2011 is not a year like any other for me.

No complacency, no compromises, face-ripping topics and razor-sharp words!

(Not in this post. Yet, the next ones won’t be nice. This new mindset has a purpose, and it’s not pissing you off… Just kicking your butt!)