• August 31, 2014

A Family Man Dabbles in Ivy-League Learning

Steven T. Ziegler, a father of three who works for a restaurant-equipment company in Lancaster, Pa., never completed high school. But lectures by professors at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, put online through open-courseware projects, have rekindled his interest in literature and biology.

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1. bommakanti - October 12, 2009 at 03:43 pm

I happen to have post graduate degrees in engineering and business from top schools. I have hired and managed a number of people over the years. In my experience college degrees are extremely overrated.

First, it is much easier to get a degree than to be a top performer in an organization assuming you are lucky to be able to afford the education or get a scholarship. And a degree is no guarantee of even an average performance. On the other hand, many people from technical programs such as Devry have done very well.

Second, degrees in engineering prepare students more with needed hard core skills than degrees in business - especially with majors such as marketing, international business, etc.. That is, you can be an excellent marketer without a formal degree while there is no guarantee that you will even be an average marketer with an MBA.

We all know that Bill Gates, Michael Dell and others have no collge degrees. Ofcourse, they are the exceptions. But I have found that a motivated and energetic individual like Steven Ziegler can do much more for any organization that many people who got in mainly through their paper degrees.

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