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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: Your question does make someone really think about how much a degree is worth. I think from an employer's perspective they would ideally like to see someone with a college degree and experience within that field. Since that is very rare for a student just out of college, I could see how some employers would look for students with degrees because it shows they were able to accomplish something they put their mind to. On the other hand, experience within that field can be invaluable for an employer.

    As a high school graduate I always knew that I wanted and needed to go to college. Everyone always told me that a college degree can open a lot more doors for you than someone without. Some people are not as fortunate to have the opportunity to go to college and they need to decide if their time is better spent in the work field or going to college. When I graduated from high school I knew I did not have the necessary skills to go straight into working and building a career. I needed the knowledge I gained from going to College to further my skills and make me a valuable employee. I don't think it is often that a student comes straight out of high school with the strength or ability to teach themselves marketable skills. It takes a strong individual to push themselves to become a career driven person.

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