Not anymore, certainly !
I wouldn't advide anyone to step in the IT game, particularly coding without a degree, not to prove they work hard though. Simply to get past the first HR hurdle.
My da worked hard, he dug holes for a living. No one in HR asked him where he got his degree though.
There's a good deal of value in a CS style programming degree, learning how to apply it is hardest bit of all. Particulary finding ways to sell being allowed to.
1987, was when I finally gained my move into IT, and that was based on hobbies, desire, innate ability, and a great deal of domain knowledge
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