Answered by Todd, Hiring Expert at MetLife, on Friday, October 18, 2013
I am not sure what you are really looking for here but seems like you may be deciding between going to college or not. My advice to young people is to pursue something you enjoy or think you will enjoy doing. If going to college is the path for you that is great but if not there are many successful people without college degrees. That being said a college degree should show something about that person's interest (major field of study) and of course shows a commitment to furthuring education, seeking knowledge, being able to complete a worthwhile endeavor etc.
It is many times simply the first requirement for a potential job and with out it someone would not qualified to go in to a particular field. For example if you want to be a CPA you need to go to school for accounting. Whether or not you agree with that is another story but a degree in accounting is a minimum level of expertise required to enter the field. You of course learn much more in "the real world" than a classroom setting but without the degree you can not even get there. Same with engineers, people in the sciences, actuaries etc.
I hope this answered your question. If not please clarify ;-)