Elon Musk doesn’t see the fuss in PhDs and high school diplomas


In a job market that is getting more insanely competitive with each passing day, your college degree might not just be enough in securing your prestigious dream job. Millions of qualified individuals graduate every day, which means the demand to separate oneself from the pack with additional degrees such as a Ph.D. is higher than ever.

Elon Musk, <b> Elon Musk doesn&#8217;t see the fuss in PhDs and high school diplomas </b>

Now, getting an extra education is always a plus, but for those who might not have the means to do so, the trend poses a problem. What if the person who could solve EDSA’s traffic problem had already been born, but his/her supposed lack of qualifications prevents him/her from getting the opportunity to do so?

Thankfully, one of the world’s most influential figures is willing to give anyone a shot at greatness  – even those without a high school diploma.

Elon Musk recently made it known that he’s hiring new members for Tesla’s artificial intelligence team. The job seems pretty sweet, as he adds that the hires would also ‘report directly to me & we meet/email/text almost every day.’


When asked if the position would require a heavyweight degree such as a Ph.D., Elon basically said that it’s the person’s true talent that counts.

‘A PhD is definitely not required… Don’t care if you even graduated high school.’


It’s a reinforcement of a core belief in Elon’s hiring process. In a 2014 interview, the Tesla CEO revealed that he prefers a person’s ‘exceptional ability’ and problem-solving capabilities over their titles.

There is no need to even have a college degree…If you look at people like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, or Steve Jobs, these guys didn’t graduate from college.’ he said.

‘What I’m really looking for is evidence of exceptional ability. Did they face really difficult problems and overcome them? And of course, you want to make sure if there was some significant accomplishment, were they really responsible or was someone else more responsible?’