This story from Julia doesn’t make sense until you understand that having a college degree in the Philippines is a BIG deal.
Like, people in the Philippines say that without a college degree you’re only fit to work as a nanny or something equivalent (I think nannies are super important…but that’s a different story).
Normal earnings (without a college degree) are somewhere around $100-$200/month for full-time work.
Now, with some context, you’ll better understand why Julia wrote this:
As I was browsing through social media, I came across this story on my newsfeed because it involved my alma mater.
UP Manila, Cavite State University dismiss claims of a fake alumna (msn.com)
Apparently, a woman faked her college credentials when she was invited by her former high school to be a graduation guest speaker. She was outed by everyone on social media because:
1. The schools she claimed to graduate from (College of Law in the University of the Philippines-Manila) doesn’t exist.
2. The grades she claimed to have (equivalent to straight A in all her law school subjects) are unbelievable
3. The graduates of these schools know each other. Nobody remembered her. And it’s so easy to request for alumni records which proved she never went there.
Why did she do this? In the Philippines, most businesses put a lot of value on what school you came from. What school you came from is so important, making fake diplomas is its own cottage industry.
What does this mean when you’re hiring an OFS? Does this mean you can’t trust a Filipino worker who says they come from a good school? You still can. Most Filipinos are honest about what school they came from.
And if you look at our jobseeker profiles, we don’t actually ask them what school they came from. A newbie jobseeker that came from a good school might have a slight advantage over other inexperienced workers. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what school you came from. What matters most is whether or not that jobseeker has the right skills, experience and attitude.
Personally…I’ve never looked at what school someone graduated from.
I care about your attitude, fit, skills, and personality.
I teach how you identify these things at OneVAAway.com