I’ll admit. My career probably would have been faster with a degree. However I would have started my career a lot later as well.
This begs the question. If a degree is like a “time warp”, and it pretty much serves as a better ‘starting point’, then that ask if they’re really important. Let’s say you just go right into the market out of high school, and spend maybe 3 or 4 years working your way into a decent job. Or if you go to college and spend 4 years on a degree, then start out at the decent job level already. In one case you didn’t spend 30k on an education, but you did spend a lot of time and work getting to a good place. On the other hand you spend money, but you save yourself time.
Personally I think the whole idea of working your way up is very underrated. People I work with like and respect me. It’s mainly because I started at the very bottom, and saw how business work at the lower levels. My first IT was as a tape librarian making about $11 an hour. The management wasn’t technical nor were many of my co-workers. Its was basically a job for people who may have known a little about computing, but really weren’t that technical at all. They really needed you to only know windows and a few DOS commands to qualify. Still even at that level I saw how business worked.
I have to admit, enough people don’t like as jobs as a way to gain experience. They mainly look at it as a way to make a paycheck. When I was working as a bagger in a grocery store (and eventual cashier) I paid a lot of attention to how things worked. One of the most interesting things I noted was how our POS system worked, and how it accepted different types of money. I also noticed our store didn’t accept credit cards, but the cash register had the functionality. I even got familizar with the reconcilization process, and how someone could beat it. For example, the way our store handled checks was pretty bad and easily exploitable (a co worker explotied this for MONTHS before getting caught).
You can learn a lot about business working in McDonalds or Burger King too. I think people don’t see these are building blocks or a “perspective” of business, but more as shit jobs. It’s a shame, because no one is willing to start out at this level. Managers really do like someone who can see things differently and not take a myoptic view. I think viewing your McDonalds job a shitty is a bad attitude, since you get such good exposure to commerence, transactions, money movement,etc. I think there about 3 fields where an average McDonald transaction is useful to observe (IT for POS system, Accounting for book keeping, and Business management for observing th business model). But maybe some people are more business minded than others. And naturally the more businss minded person is going to view shitty jobs differently.