What Facebook Inc (FB)’s Hiring an 18 Year Old Suggests for the Future of Education


Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has hired a summer intern for a full time engineering job at the company, but what’s surprising is that the new employee just turned 18 on August 24. Michael Sayman, the new intern, became an app developer when he was just 13. He appeared on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s radar last year after the company acquired Parse in April, last year. When Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) discovered Sayman’s talent the company offered him a summer internship at its California headquarters. However, Sayman’s  Facebook post revealed yesterday that he has been hired as a full time employee at the company. Julia Boorstin and Dominic Chu discussed about the hiring on CNBC.

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“That traditional liberal arts degree is very controversial in Silicon Valley. This has been going on for a while, I remember back when I was in high school, a classmate of mine was recruited by Microsoft, a million years ago. But, what the big trend is now especially for entrepreneurs, they figure if Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college, do I really need to go to college? […],” Boorstin said.

To prove her point, Boorstin pointed out to entrepreneurs like Peter Theil, who are encouraging youngsters to take a break and give some thought to whether they really need to spend all that money and time in college, especially since their time is valuable and in which they could perhaps start a company.

According to Chu, these hirings by tech companies are changing the way in which people perceive education. Chu feels that this kind of education that he and the others have got may not necessarily be the kind of education that youngster need in the future. He emphasized that if someone is great at any vocational skills, they can have a bright future, regardless of what kind of education they received.

As of June 30, 2014, Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management owns over 5.8 million shares in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).

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