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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 4 2013: I'd prefer hire someone with my required skill sets,a competitive portfolio and no college degree, of course. And as a HS graduate, our point must to get te best teaching (or self teaching) and having a degree. Rules are normally designed and agreed to be respected. And for the most of the people, a degree is something like a first proof of what you'll show after.

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