Originally Posted by samclem
In a lot of cases, employers don't care very much what specific knowledge a student gained in getting their BA/BS. They just use a degree as a cheap screening mechanism (it costs them nothing, especially with a glut of graduates). When they hire someone with a degree they figure there's a good chance they'll get:
1) Someone who will stick with a task for 4 years, is responsible enough to complete assignments, study for tests, attend class.
2) Someone with at least moderate reading and writing skills.
These are things that, 30 years ago, were virtually guaranteed by a HS diploma. That's no longer true, so employers are looking at 4 year degrees as the new HS diploma.
The way I see it in today's world:
A HS diploma, with skills in a trade, gets you a decent career.
A college degree, with a professional certification, gets you a decent career.
A HS diploma or college degree, with no particular skills or certification, gets you very little in terms of gainful employment.