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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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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