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Steph McGovern makes plea on Twitter - and fans couldn't agree more

The former BBC Breakfast presenter raised an excellent point on social media

Aisha Nozari

Steph McGovern took to Twitter on Thursday morning to ask that her followers rethink the notion of 'qualifications'. The former BBC Breakfast star retweeted a message that dissected employers' understanding of the word 'unskilled', pointing out that just because a potential hire might be 'unskilled' on paper, that doesn't mean that they don't have plenty of skills and experience. 

 

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The tweet read: "I don’t like the term unskilled- it generally means unqualified, I don’t like that term either! I spent most of my life 'unskilled' and 'unqualified' on paper, but have a huge amount of skill and experience that have served me well. We need to look past pieces of paper for worth."

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Steph tweeted about the issue 

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Not only did Steph retweet the message, but she also added a statement of her own, writing: "I totally agree with this. Let's stop judging people solely on qualifications. Does my head in."

It sounds as though Steph's followers share her sentiment. One replied to her tweet saying: "The University of Life offers way more knowledge and experience than any academic establishment can provide on its own." Another added: "It describes me perfectly. Left school with zero qualifications. Fell into the travel industry, did well and gained a lot of in house qualifications, all of which are now completely useless to me as a mum trying to return to work after career break." A third tweeted in frustration: "Sick of this too. These are not low-skilled jobs. I know you've seen the skill of highly trained, skilled, craftspeople on the sewing room floor for example."

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