I had planned on getting a degree in computer science, but things happened and life got in the way. The truth is that I could not be happier with the way things turned out. I have no degree, but I do have a great family of my own and a great job.
I still ended up in the computer field as I had originally planned, but have used my experience opposed to a degree to get to where I am today. I started off as a low paid computer builder in the late 90's, moved my way through sales and then started in education as a desktop support technician in a community college.
After about five years, I moved on to a larger university doing the same work except for a great deal more money. More recently, I was promoted to a management position and plan to move into the Operations Director position within the next five years. I was just awarded a Jane Ryland Fellowship grant for Educause to further enrich my management skills in Information Technology a few weeks ago.
While it may have taken me longer to get where I am than if I had a degree, I feel that I gained alot of life knowledge along my journey.