Unnecessary Certification Causes Employment Barriers:
This is a short essay on the unscrupulous tactics used to exclude people from careers and professions. We’re talking about the exclusion/denial of people who deserve the opportunities, and those people with the talent to succeed in a specific, particular occupation.
The average high school graduate or college graduate would in many instances be capable of learning to do the tasks of the job once they are hired. However those people are being closed out and delayed in having these opportunities to work.
It simply happens when a clique develops within a specified field of work, and then those groups of people decide to hire only their relatives and other people that they know and like. They do this instead of allowing open hiring opportunities for a wider group of people. But it doesn’t end there, because in order to truly keep up that exclusionary practice, the decision is made to make the job a specialty that requires certification by some group or organization. Not surprisingly, the same original clique of people form some of these certifying groups so that the practice becomes systemic.
Although the certification is required as a requisite for entry to these jobs, unbeknownst to most is that some people still get a waiver from these hiring rules behind the scenes. In other cases the certification process is skewed in favor of relatives and friends.
Institutions and businesses tend to develop a culture of possessiveness that employs hyper-control techniques for specialization and professionalism. It often seems to be an over-rated specialization & professionalism that can ignore the true requisite skill-sets necessary for successfully carrying out required tasks.
This practice also happens within federal, state, and municipal civil service type jobs where a particular field of work has rules promulgated toward heightened specialization to set a higher bar beyond the civil service regulations for hiring which again limits opportunities for people who might otherwise be capable to do the work.
All of this does cause missed opportunities for having the most talented, most teachable, and most naturally creative innovators. The most genuinely hands on personality types may also be excluded.
There is nothing wrong with having a Subject Matter Expert (SME) that has gained practical knowledge and experience. But have we gone too far with having so many fields of work requiring certification of the workers that they hire?
Have we gone over-board on specialization to a point of an overly narrow focus while missing the wider view?
Can the professionalism (requiring License/Certification) of certain work fields be unnecessary, useless, and wrong?