Elon Musk has long been one of the most out-of-the-box thinkers in the technology world. And his comments on Twitter on Sunday suggest more executives need to think like him -- or face the possibility of missing out on talent.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Musk said that Tesla is looking to hire people who can help the company improve its artificial intelligence technology. He said the position would mostly report to him, and people would have ready and easy contact with him. He even promised a party at his house for successful candidates.
But his job post mentioned something else that may have been overlooked: As technically sophisticated as the job may be, Musk called on anyone with any education to apply.
"A PhD is definitely not required," he tweeted. Musk added that he doesn't "care if you even graduated high school."
All he really wants, according to the tweet, is someone with a "deep understanding" of artificial intelligence.
It was an important comment the Tesla chief has made several times in the past. Rather than focus too heavily on education, he'd rather Tesla focus on finding people who can do the best job.
It's something that's often overlooked by some companies that spend too much time analyzing a person's educational prowess and not enough time analyzing whether the person actually has the ability to get the job done right.
I'm not here to say that education isn't important. And certainly those who earn advanced degrees at prestigious institutions deserve to be considered for top jobs. But in a world where coding can be learned with no formal education, and some people simply don't have the opportunity to go to high-priced colleges and universities, there needs to be more executives like Musk calling on everyone to apply.
There are undoubtedly some people who didn't graduate with PhDs from Ivy League schools who may believe a job reporting directly to Elon Musk just is out of their reach. It's awfully nice to hear Musk himself say that thinking is flawed. And it's even better for him to tell people from any background that at Tesla, they have the same opportunity for employment.
Here's hoping more technology companies follow Musk's lead and consider candidates who may have the talent but not the diploma. And here's hoping people take advantage of the opportunity Musk has presented.