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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 3 2013: The expereince and lessons learned during the process of getting a Degree benefits the mind set, thinking process and character which helps develop an educated mind and personality that is required to succeed and progress.

    There are many who get a degree and may learn the subject but yet do not conduct themselves as an educated person. ie. Do not have a well developed and mature understanding and demeanor.

    And every firm looks for typical candidate that fits the specific culture and required behaviour pattern. ie. some may need a degree holder but require the candidate to do as they are told and not to use thier education and own initiative. Some companies seek the educated mind from the degree holder.

    So, it depends on the individuals aptidue and atitude towards learning, attaining a degree and developing skill sets, and it depends on the hiring company and what kind of candidate they are seeking. A college or University Degree is lot more than just getting a certificate.

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