The title did get him the job though, right. Now he can start the real learning while getting paid good money for it. ain't that clever...
That's the thing. That's why I'm never quite sure who's the real fool, them or I. That's why I can't quite bring myself talking people out of it.
From my understanding, the logic of the graduation titles for industry employment is more like:
"That person proved able to learn things, and has the knowledge base to learn more".
Ideally, school and university would be about learning how to become knowledgeable and skillful in a subject matter.
School should teach you how to use a book. University should teach you how to use a library.
That is how to methodically work with information, rather than casually skim through whatever.
To come to your own conclusions, accomplish a goal, generate new knowledge,
as an independent person with critical judgment, able to take responsibility,
capable to get your things done and effectively grow your skills a life long.
In short, how to step up your game play into maturity without supervision.
But it seems, the lesson most students take home is, How to please your teacher, and how to get around the system.
So yeah, I see that all the time, too: People coming from all kinds of engineering, and often you wonder what are they doing there at school.
Here's where it goes wrong, It is the simple matter of life that there is this huge spectrum of ability, not only across society at large, but even among peers. Usually, people look at the official qualification and say, oh that guy has a PhD and the other doesn't, so that's that, one knows his stuff, and the other doesn't. But even among two guys with each a PhD, there's this huge difference in skill. Two people having been to the same school, one exceptionally bright, the other dull. There can be many factors for why that is, and people always want try fix that. But whether that is even possible or not, in the end it just comes down to that somehow one person is highly motivated in doing the craft, never much reliant on external factors, you don't have to persuade or coerce him, he's always hungry, always looking for more action, always taking charge, far beyond what is required. The other guy is a drag. Always having excuses, always a reason, for not being able to do more. If anything, doing the minimum of what he can get away with to pass. Rather spending time networking with people, partying, family, games, whatever. Okay fine. Maybe that's good too. But of course, falling short of hands-on work, the outcomes will be vastly different. This cannot be fixed. No system ever will. This is life. This is the last barrier of inequality. One person wants it, the other doesn't. One person gets ahead, the other doesn't. And so selection occurs. According to priorities and performance. Born from self direction. Not even the best school can teach and test everything. Basically it teaches nothing, since the real learning happens when you do it, when you work with it. School just provides basic coaching. But it's all on you, what you make out of it, how far you go with it. No one else can do this for you. Prepare yourself for life after school.
It starts even before university. One kid burning for the subject matter even at high school. Having it for hobby. Playing and fooling around with it for years. Having a dream. Later going into study with already a good basis.
And the other ones don't really know what they want. Never really did anything. Waiting if maybe university's gonna get them into it. Both kind of persons sitting in the same class then, getting the "same" degree.
You know what they do at sports university? You have to do a fitness test before you even qualify, regardless school degree. If you can't make a single pull-up, just because they didn't teach you that in school, you're out.
And just looking from the official credentials, you as an employer see the same title and can't know the difference. All that makes the difference is actual samples of work showcasing concrete ability. That is, it's all the personal projects that matter most, your portfolio. And if that's the case, anything else becomes insignificant. Just as it is for artists. Engineers should be treated like you would an artist. How do you choose an artist? who ever gives a damn about an artist's diploma? You look at what they draw. You tell them to draw something for you. You want to be a professional engineer? Where's your demos? Where's your sources? Where's the documentation?
But having said all that, when I look at the indie scene, a lot of folks sneering at the system, trash talking education, and you look at what they're doing, and maybe they shoulda gone to school. Because they're conflating these things, the virtues of academia, being organized, methodical, literate, informed... with the institutional structures of academia, and refuse it all at once. And wonder why they never move forward. And that's the problem on advice. When they are not motivated, dropping out of school won't help them either. It's probably making it worse. You need a drive. You need to know what drives you. Most people have no drive. But then, nothing matters. The question of what is good education, nothing matters if you haven't figured what drives you.
Wut ohne Ziel. Wut ohne Folgen.