Ok, Lets say a person in their early twenties came to you looking for a job in your studio. This person doesn't have any schooling in audio, but has about 4 years of recording experience, a good understanding of audio, and a nice sounding demo of material they've recorded on their own sub-par equipment. Let's also say that they have a resume of unrelated jobs that shows a proven track record of reliability and small business experience. This person has a good head on their shoulders and a passion to really be a great engineer. To make things interesting they've offered to work for free to prove they can run your gear and deliver a product that meets your expectations. Would you give this person an honest shake or would you tell them you won't work with anyone that doesn't have a degree? What if this person never went to school because they had to work full time to care for/support a sick single parent? Would you give them a chance? This is just a question to get other peoples opinions, and yes it is a situation I'm in!