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    Education question.

    This is water under the bridge for me, but I'm curious. Some pay more, sometimes a lot more to attend a higher rated school. They figure it will allow them to climb the ladder faster and be worth it in the end. For your top people or maybe a specialized job I could see it. But does it matter to an average cooperation filling an average position? Sounds doubtful.

    In a related question, is an E-college diploma worth the paper it's printed on? If so, is a prospective employer going to take you seriously? Dilbert calls his company "the resume stain," you wouldn't want something like that on your record.
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    Re: Education question.

    Attendance and graduation from a high rated, executive college is not so much for the paper diploma but for the connections you make while attending. Those schools are full of kids from CEO's and entrepreneurs and those kids will start their own companies or inherit the companies from their fathers. Thus, they can easily give you a huge leg up in the corporate world by a type of nepotism.
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    Re: Education question.

    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    This is water under the bridge for me, but I'm curious. Some pay more, sometimes a lot more to attend a higher rated school. They figure it will allow them to climb the ladder faster and be worth it in the end. For your top people or maybe a specialized job I could see it. But does it matter to an average cooperation filling an average position? Sounds doubtful.

    In a related question, is an E-college diploma worth the paper it's printed on? If so, is a prospective employer going to take you seriously? Dilbert calls his company "the resume stain," you wouldn't want something like that on your record.
    For an average position, no, a degree is merely an item on a checklist. Another barrier to entry so to speak. However, a top tier education, despite its costs does have some benefits- a very connected alumni network at top tier organizations. Attending an ivy league for example, is definitely one of the fast tracks into the upper crust of society. Now, is that worth it for the average soul? Probably not. Hell, a lot of college educated people would have been better suited with attempting to get into the skilled trades or attending a vocational college.

    As for e-colleges, it's again just a way to be able to cross off an item on a check list. A degree might help you get your foot in the door, but it still boils down to what you know, what you can prove you've done (experience), who you know and how well you sell yourself. For example, I have a buddy who works for a big fortune 500 company. They have all sorts- ivy leaguers, state schools, some that got their degree from an online program (like U of Phoenix), and even some that got in without college. Now, the ivy leaguers often skate in because of their connections and the prestige of their degrees. State schoolers usually get in by referral and having the experience to match the job. The online people are often folks who were already working in their chosen field while getting the degree (again, coupling the degree with real world experience). Finally, the folks who got in with no college often have years and years of the necessary experience to override not having a degree.

    So, to answer your question... it entirely depends on you. Have the experience but no degree? Then yes, an e-degree might be a worthwhile investment to get over that barrier to employment. Have neither a degree or experience? That's a lot harder, and getting a degree will not likely make much of a difference. Employers don't generally car about "where" the degree comes from, just that you had one. What they really care about is if you have the experience necessary to do the job well. Degrees are largely about theory anyway, not about the actual work.

    I know when I got out of college, and right into the thick of the Great Recession, it was a B to get a full-time job. I had to do multiple internships for no pay to finally build up enough experience for my degree to get me in the door.

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    Re: Education question.

    Thanks guy's, you did good.
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