Maths exam was a complete disaster, don't really know where to go next. Is it really that hard if one hasn't got a diploma to get a decent job (both now and in the far future)?
In my experience, the piece of paper is not important, it's knowing your stuff and convincing the interviewer that you know your stuff.
Having relevant experience helps. In my case, I just had to say: "if you wanted a diploma, I'd still be studying instead of giving you a CV with five years of very relevant experience to interview me about; do you want someone who can deliver the project or someone fresh from school who doesn't know what the real world smells like?".
Your mileage may vary.
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