Distance learning through online university whilst working or self-learning whilst working?
I am going to be attending an online university (the open university) very soon in computing and IT with a focus on software engineering, in total because of the time line it'll be around 4 to 6 years because of some of the flexibility in study times during the year. I see that as such a long waste of time, but then again getting a degree, a small piece of paper I still feel can make a difference sometimes, even nowadays where people shouldn't judge based on just a degree qualification . I'm not sure whether to completely leave the uni and work whilst self learning. Or continue to begin uni, work in the similar field and gain experience and study that way as I can work and study at the same time due to studies being completely online. But just going through some job applications and it's more so companies asking for experience in certain areas of computing rather than asking for a degree. Especially if I finish a degree they could just treat you like a fresh graduate and then having to work your way up again