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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 11 2013: I would have to say that a college degree means more than just a degree. For those who get a degree shows that they have dedicated four years of their life to education themselves. Something that takes a lot of work and money investing in their future. The real world experience should come after someone goes to college. If i was an employer and had a choice to hire either;
    A. College graduate with the right degree program
    B. High School graduate who has job experience
    I would have to chose A. For several reasons. I know that A has drive, commitment, and is knowledgeable in how to get work done. They may not be able to do the job right off the bat but would be highly motivated to learn how to do the job and be able to perform at higher levels than the under educated person B.
    Saying that a person is willing to set aside time in their life to out perform someone that has four years of college to me would say that person is highly talented and wouldn't waste time but would probably enroll in college.

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