It's a debate that has been around quite a while, and never more relevant than in a tough economy and tight job market.

What matters most when it comes to getting a job? Does that higher degree get your foot in the door, or does work experience count? And beyond actually attaining a job, will experience or education serve you best for staying employed, growing in your career and making a decent wage?

Personally coming from a background where I chose  to gain invaluable work experience over studying, I feel it has helped set me up with the skills and business mindset needed for my current role.

Academic qualifications will still always be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but it seems will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door.