Elon Musk is hiring people to work for Tesla, and he doesn’t care if you finished high school or not.
The CEO of SpaceX said Sunday that he’s looking to hire folks for Tesla’s artificial intelligence team. “Join AI at Tesla!” he tweeted. The artificial intelligence team “reports directly to me & we meet/email/text almost every day.”
When an eager Twitter user replied to one of Musk’s tweets about the openings, the billionaire responded that they wouldn’t need a specific degree to work in Tesla’s artificial intelligence department.
“A PhD is definitely not required,” he tweeted. He added that he doesn’t “care if you even graduated high school,” but rather wants workers who can demonstrate a “deep understanding” of artificial intelligence.
He added that while “educational background is irrelevant,” anyone that applies to work with Tesla must take and pass a “hardcore” coding test. So it probably won’t be a cakewalk, but at least you have a shot at working with Musk without going into student loan debt.
The Tesla founder has expressed his views on the uselessness of a college degree in the past. “There’s no need even to have a college degree at all, or even high school,” he said in a 2014 interview. “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.”