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You are kind of right cause it’s harder without a degree. But they are some ways out. You’ll need to study and have projects to showcase on the side. If you’re into low latency stuff, that’s great because a lot of the guys working with hardware and embedded systems are tinkerers and less interested in computer science stuff that you learn in school. Find some projects you’d like to do - maybe around music or some kind of robotics - and go and try and do them on your own. Once you have stuff to show, then it’ll be easier to try to get into professional positions.

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