If the employers don't give other a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and skill, how can they hire people?
It doesn't matter on my level of education, even I have a BCS. The companies I went for, they didn't want to see my degree/diplomat, and they asked the crap out of my work experience, not whatsoever-did-during-education.
Then I went to this server hosting company (which I'm currently working at), these guys didn't give a damn about my level of education or references and went straight for examinations on my knowledge and skill. I passed with no problem. Got the job immediately and went in to work with a team of skilled programmers, sysadmins, secadmin, DB admins & web masters.
Been working for about a year.