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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: A degree is becoming less about what an employer is looking for and more about the skills it enables some-one to do. As an employer, I'd rather take on someone who I can mould to my companies way of doing things (a non graduate - a blank canves). On the other hand, as a third party investor, I would be far more inclined to bank on a more educated person, who understands and values research as they are far more likely to build an original business based on cutting-edge experties. The graduate can sometimes represent a threat to an established company as they may have their owne ideas on how things should be done. However, a non-graduate with a hunger to learn can master their field by gaining experince with the right mentors. There are many roots to succes but deep down, everyone respects a good degree. DC

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