This NPR report on data-based hiring practices made a couple of important points. The correlation of a college degree in computer science, to job success, was nil. I have no doubt that applies to other fields as well. Also, the correlation between experience and success is not at all obvious. Certain kinds of experience transfers very well, but very specific experience is much less critical than you would think. I.e., for entry-to-mid-level positions, hire for aptitude, not experience.