Originally Posted by kinkeringkong
I'm afraid I can't agree there, but that's only because I've only seen the engineering side of "public service".
one word = intern, take it FWIW.
Going to school is the best way to show people (namely employers) you can learn something, and that you're hopefully responsible and have made an investment in self-betterment and will now do so for their organization. Even basket weaving as NDD said - but it shows that sponge upstairs is working.
No matter what kind of job you get - there will be learning involved, school just teaches you the principles or hopefully foundation for the base of knowledge you'll be acquiring in your field. So naturally employers want someone that has a dedicated track record for learning, managing assignments, etc. If you can't actually do that, well - you do the math.
Another very important thing to realize is you're young - your mind is most likely the most friendly to learning now. Should you decide to phuckit and flunk/leave/disassociate with school etc. - going back will always be a challenge and you may not have the option no matter what you believe now.
Obviously the choice you have in front of you is one that will affect your quality of life for the rest of your time on this planet. I highly suggest you stick with it and at least get the paper, then pump gas if you want to - but you still got the paper for when you decide otherwise.
I don't have a degree, very fortunately I was fostered into the technology field at a point in time when my skillset was in demand so not alot of questions were asked about education, it was all experience. I was going to school mind you, but the job I had at the time dictated otherwise and I somewhat hesitantly discontinued. It has never come back to 'bite' me per se except for the fact that degreed dudes are making 25k more then me for basically the same thing. Such is not the buisness climate now however (as far as hiring) - and that paper can at least usually guarantee that when push comes to shove you can breathe a little easier - most of the time.
Good luck in whatever you decide, and to answer your original question
, in my team of 5, we have a guy with a horticulture degree (I believe), accounting degree, a marketing major, and another dude like me thats just been in the biz for awhile. We do 'network troubleshooting' to save me the brain-ache of explaining.