Job Applicant: I am good at <language>
Translation: I am good at Google
This is just my opinion as a high school dropout and holder of nothing more than an Associates degree:
Higher education seems to become focused on education for education's sake, and doesn't have enough focus on practical skills. I'll agree with the need to learn how to learn and the value of knuckling down and working hard for something you want. However, it doesn't always turn out anything useful. We've had some interns who are just starting their CompSci degree, and others who are finishing up. In both cases, they needed a lot of Pluralsight to get to a point where we would let them into the code. In fact, the ones just starting out had less to unlearn and did better overall.
I feel sorry for these folks. They can probably write a sort algorithm and analyze Shakespeare, but are completely lost in a production codebase.