On the other hand, if you do manage to get a degree from TESC or WGU this shows a huge amount of initiative. Personally I'd be much more likely to hire someone that managed to get a degree on their own.1) Companies know that people skills are just as important as knowledge. Otherwise they'd just use computers for everything. My teachers force us to work together on problems a lot because of this. Being book smart is NOT enough.
You can get that through REU, attending professional society meetings, or getting internships.2) You'd need research experience.Why would you want to miss out on that anyways?
REU, professional society meetings, and internships.3) Who would write your letters of recommendation?
Yup. But life isn't a factory either.4) Because life isn't a written test.
But it's silly if it's busy work. The problem is that if you do what you are told and behave like a good little cog in the great corporate machine, you'll often find at the end that you *still* don't get what you want.Face it, unless you're rich, you have to suck it up and do the work to get anywhere.