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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 5 2013: As for the first question, I believe I would hire someone with a college degree. Experience can be gained with time, esp. if they got the capacity to learn. But would keep in mind that not every degree really reflects the potential an employee might have. So personal assessment of the employee is essential.

    And I would teach myself if I am passionate and dedicated enough and I have a faith in my self regulating and leading skills. If what I love is not given in colleges, then I will do it on my own. But if it is found and I am unable to afford it or join it then I will just work harder to prove that I do deserve to get into school.

    School does not teach me much more than what I can learn on my own, but it gives me the accreditation I need to cope with the society around me. Humans need things they can sense, like a degree. I will not expect employers to have faith and beliefs in a stranger, me.

    School is just an aid tool. In the end, a dedicated scholar depends a lot on their selves and their self regulating skills to achieve the degree they want. So there is basically no much difference between a free scholar and a college student, both work hard. But we are only humans, not Gods to see beyond the sensible evidences.

    The question here though, is it fair? Not everyone can get into school even though they do absolutely deserve to be there. And they might be even more qualified than a college graduate. But our world is not truly meritocratic, despite the efforts being exerted by many organizations and individuals. But if someone is capable of getting qualified by an institution, like a university, I think they need to cope with the society they live in.

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