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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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  • Dan F 50+

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    Feb 13 2013: A college degree can offer a growth adventure of a lifetime.

    I was not college material upon getting my high school diploma. I basically slid through the system. I then worked for a couple years and got some advise from an older carpenter I was assisting build a house. I wanted to be his partner. He responded by telling me to go to college. He told me I wasn't a kid anymore and if I tackled it as if I was climbing Mt Everest, I could make it to the top. He said, "You are a good worker, just work hard at learning and you can make it."

    I went from bonehead english to eventually receiving my degree in biology.

    I tell this story because the world is only as big to us as individuals as we are willing to partiscipate in the challenges that can make it bigger. The more intelligent the individual, other things being equal, the better the prospects in the job market as a significant side benefit of the degree.

    I like the idea of being the best you can be whatever the obstacle or challenge.

    I consider my degree priceless.
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      Feb 14 2013: Dan, I am with you in considering my formal education priceless. And it set me up for a lifetime of further learning and adventure.

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