Originally Posted by psych844
You can get a job with a bachelor's but a piece of paper doesn't prove you are responsible, or that you can work with others, etc Therefore, the need to start low and prove yourself, the need to have practical experience, will always be there.
But, that individual with the bachelor's has a chance of moving up much quicker then someone with high school. In fact, for many jobs, you will see that a person with just high school needs 5-10yrs experience to have a shot at a position, the person with college, often couple years. And there are many other positions, where again experience is needed, but you must have a college degree.
Nobody can escape practical training...the fortunate part is that for us who are in graduate studies, it is our marks that allows us to get into good programs which gurantee that we get training. We don't have to go into the real world and find that practical experience and battle with others to get it.(this is totally true but in part) Which is in essence why graduate school is so special.
I do think it's impossible to escape practical training--even with a graduate degree. Rare that someone will just walk into a job without any experience (at least an internship). But a degree depends on the field and can be useless. So many employers, though, don't give a rat's butt if you have a college degree or not. If it doesn't apply to the job, it doesn't apply.