What makes a college degree more important than practical knowledge and experience?

I have been offered a position as a manufacturing engineer. The origional offer was on par with the value of my knowledge and experience. I have been in the buisness for fifteen years now and am at the point of running the shop where I work now. I design the parts, assemblies, and make detailed blueprints of them using solidworks. I program all of the CNC machines in the building and set up the process sheets and system information. I also solve a majority of the day to day problems in the manufacturing department. The next day I recieved a second offer that was 11,000 less becouse they realized that I never finnished college. They still want me to take the same job, same responsibilities, and at the same time have no question of my ability to handle the position. Why should I accept less from a potential employer becouse I don't have a flashy piece of parchment with some fancy caligriphy etched on its surface. Besides college is suposed to prepare you for what I already do.

Asked By: Robert Y - 6/22/2006
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To be quite honest I am not sure why, but I was in a similar situation, until I recently graduated college. I have not been assigned any other duties at work... More
Answered By: aboxernamedgrace - 6/22/2006
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Piece of Paper
Answered By: lincseagles - 6/22/2006
Supply and demand. There are other people out there that they could hire that do have a degree.
Answered By: defbizkit99 - 6/22/2006
While you may indeed have the practical knowledge and experience, college (at any level) provides you with a well rounded educational background. It increases wages because it is soooooooo expensive. Most of us are still paying off debts within 10 yrs of graduation.
Answered By: ronnieneilan1983 - 6/22/2006
The only benefit I have found that a degree offers is the increased (supposedly) ability to develop solutions and be more involved in problem solving. I really think my degrees prepared me to think in a different and more efficient way. They didn't teach me very practical day-to-day aspects. I think it better... More
Answered By: Resume Guru - 6/22/2006
The college degree just shows an employer that you are trainable and can finish what you start. Most people don't use a lot of the knowledge they learned in college, but instead learn by on the job training. In your case since your experience it so great, there is no reason why they should offer you less than you're... More
Answered By: melimo - 6/22/2006
it's not the same though, because even though you have the practical knowledge and experience, you don't have the college background to back it up. education matters so much more now than it did way back when. my fiance is having a similar problem. he's into computer science, has had many years of experience, and big... More
Answered By: kill_jenn - 6/22/2006
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