So let me start off by saying that I was never good in school, in fact I never made it out of High school. That was about 10 years back, right now I make close to 6 figures a year with no education outside of the internet.
This question applies closely to the computer/technical related positions out in the world, so Databases, Programming and other related jobs. I have always relied on computers, from more recent things such as www.wolframalpha.com and long long time favs such as google.com.
I have never found an issue that I could not solve with a bit of creative thinking and those tools. Lots of technology changes in 4 years, I would be scared that if I went to a 4 year school most of what I learned would be obsolete by the time I got out.
I know its a knee jerk reaction to say that school is required, and most positions will need a 4 year degree to even be accepted. But let me be honest, the position that I work for now (Biotech in Seattle,WA) wanted a masters, I don’t have anything close to that but they still hired me. Hell, just about every job I have had required at least a GED, and I don’t have that.
What are your thoughts on this subject? I am interested in what people think about persons like me, where we never “put the time in” for a proper education.
Do you think school is still needed, with all the information that we have on the internet?