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Elon Musk Says You Do Not Need A College Degree To Work At Tesla

Elon Musk stirred up a flurry of mentions on Twitter after he revealed that Tesla is open for applications. Even better is the fact that applicants’ educational backgrounds are irrelevant.


On Sunday 2nd February 2020, Musk tweeted:



The link in the tweet takes visitors to the Autopilot AI page.  It informs applicants that they would work on hardware, neural networks, autonomy algorithms, code foundations and evaluation infrastructure.


Then, an application form is provided at the bottom of the page. It requires only three basic details; your name, email and an answer to the question ‘What exceptional work have you done?’

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This is not all the requirements, however. Despite not requiring a degree or even finishing high school, all potential employees of the Tesla AI department must pass a hardcore coding test. Tesla’s CEO had tweeted:



It is not the first time that Elon had reviewed that he does not relly rever educational accomplishments. As the CNBC reported, he had once said the same kind of thing in 2014 when speaking to Auto Bild. He had explained his stand on the issue:


“If somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things, but it’s not necessarily the case. If you look at, say, people like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, these guys didn’t graduate from college, but if you had a chance to hire them, of course, that would be a good idea.”


Instead, what he looks for in employees is simply evidence of their exceptional ability and a track record of exceptional abilities.


If you fit the description, you can apply to work for the carmaker, Tesla. The company has been exceptional in the past months. It overtook General Motors (GM) as the most valuable carmaker in the United States.


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