One of the most discussed topics in the technology field is about having degrees and how important they are. Do you really need one to be a good engineer? When is it really important for you?
Being really good in your field is important, but more important than that is to seem to be good. Invest in yourself. Be searchable!
Open source can change your life. It has changed mine with Corcel, an open source project I started in 2013 that changed who I am, and how I live.