This is a question that I've asked myself plenty of times during the past ten years, as I'm sure many people ask themselves at some point. My thoughts on the matter change drastically from year to year. It can vary from "super important, can't get a job without it" to "I've used nothing that I learned in college in 8 years". But the older I get the more I tend to lean towards the latter mindset. I spent 5 years in college and all I have to show for it is a piece of paper that states that fact. I don't remember much of what I learned there and after a few years working as a software developer very few companies even mention the fact when I interview with them. I'm a professional web devel . . .