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What's a degree worth?

Education is approaching a change where it will never turn back, but what will we find around that corner?

In America, college degrees mean less and less, and it seems like what's often more important is real-world experience and a competitive portfolio/skill sets. So the question is to put yourself in the following situations to answer the following:

As an employer: Would you rather hire someone with your required skill sets/a competitive portfolio and no college degree, or someone with a degree and good grades but little experience? (everything else held equal)

As a high school graduate: Would you be willing to self-teach yourself to the point where you had marketable skills and an impressive self-made portfolio while risking not having a degree?

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    Feb 2 2013: Well, depends... but as a student I can assure you degrees are worth less each year due to current job market status. I know of a guy who started university at the same time as me (currently I'm final year student of 4th year degree), he left it after 1st semester and started his business.

    After these years he has more experience and a stable business. I still have to struggle to find a decent job so he is miles ahead.

    So experience and entrepreneurship beat university degrees

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