I got a bachelor's degree from a public university. I don't use it for work because I went into corporate finance. There is no theory behind what I do. It is all based on trial and error and what other financial professionals have written about their own experiences. However, I don't regret taking six years to get that degree. Community college and then state university was where I made the friends that I still have and formed my own philosophical and political opinions. Higher education isn't just for your career. It also makes you into a more well-rounded person if you do it right.