Coming to this a lot late but just looking at the OP's post, things in the UK are a little different. Secondary (11 to 15/16) school ends and then you have a choice of get a job or go to college to better your school exams/take courses in things that are not on the ordinary curriculum which will help you then get into university (if that's your chosen path) to get the degree/phd/doc/whatever. For the most part, college is paid for by the government although there are courses that you might have to pay for - or at least pay for the examination and if you are an adult learner (full or part time) at college then you have to pay for the course. University is where the big money is spent. Now, I do agree that there are a lot of students out there who have no idea what they what to do as a career, who does know at 16 what they want to aim for in life? Then there are life events that come up that can totally derail your best laid plans. Then there are the inevitable people who see college and university as a few years of dossing around in student bars and generally having a great time at someone else's expense before you just scrape through with the minimum grade and get handed a job at your father's company - or the company of your father's friend etc etc. You are right in saying that most employers who ask for degree education don't always want you to have a degree in a specific field. At the end of the day, if you have a degree in anything, then you have proven that you can take on the job of learning a subject from scratch over a long time span to the point of storing and retrieving the important information and applying that information under exam conditions. You've proved you can work! Obviously, there are jobs where the degree matters. Apply for a job in the ME's office with a degree in Drama and the guy who applied with a degree in Forensics is more likely to get the job ... But, are there jobs where degrees matter?? I was told by my oh-so-loving parents (said with sarcasm) that I was "too thick for university" and to "get a job and pay my way." I only just scraped through my GCSE's (they took over from O levels in 1989). I went on a training course to do photography which included one day a week at college and managed to get a Merit in the exam - the highest mark in the group. And that's where the fairytale ended. I moved out of my parent's house at 18 and joined the real world of jobs and struggling. An extremely bad relationship sent me back to my parent's for three months and then I was off again and have not looked back. I've done all sorts of jobs (working as a hospital porter was fab). Most have been in administration and it always angered me that while I could do the job better than anyone with a degree, there were always plenty of applicants with degrees who wanted my job - but wanted an extra ten grand a year wages simply because they had a degree. So what does that all mean for my writing career?? Well, I'm a published author with no degree. Big deal If someone doesn't want to read my books just because I don't have a degree, then that's their loss! I am an intelligent woman with over twenty years of work and life experience under my belt and I continue to learn - everyday. There are things that have happened in my life that are way, way more stranger than any fiction I come up with so I'm going to carry on doing what I love. There was a time when I did question myself, "who's going to take me seriously as an author, I have no degree!" but I don't ask that anymore because I already have my answer. Everyone who reads my work and connects with me through social media, the people messaging me to say "when's the next book out?" They are the one's who take me seriously as an author. OK, I think I've gone on enough now! One last thing, I know I said it doesn't make a difference to me but if I ever did get the chance to do a degree in something, I would!