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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: College degrees mean less and less because everyone has one, but therein lies the paradox; if you don't have one employers wonder why you don't have one if everyone else does. Employers clearly value real world experience which is something that recent graduates lack but the point is that these graduates will not always lack experience, 3 or 4 years later they will have both the experience AND the degree which in the long run makes them more employable.

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