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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 12 2013: As an employer I would be willing to hire someone with the correct skills and experience regardless of whether or not they had a degree. As long as they can prove that they can perform the duties required for the job, I would be willing to hire them. However, I think that if you wish to get into a certain industry without getting a college degree first, you have to start at a young age and build your portfolio.

    As someone who is currently attending college, I spend my spare time teaching myself useful skills. I believe that it's something that people are going to have to do from now on. Just having a degree really doesn't necessarily mean that you will get a job. Networking is probably the most valuable tool in getting a job. If you have the right skills and you know the right people, you are very likely to get a job.

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