At least in the sciences, for entry level tech position, every large company I am aware of including the one where I work currently, requires a college degree as a condition of employment, you will not get a job, in fact you will not get an interview without one. Saying you “have something better” as you suggest in the post might work in tech or some other industry but it will not get you anywhere in science. If you want to pursue a career in the sciences, even as a low level bench tech, you will need a degree from a 4 year program at an accredited university. The same can be said for careers in engineering. Also, I hope it goes without saying a nanodegree from UDACITY in machine learning or artificial intelligence is not a 4 year degree. Slapping a couple of way overused and overhyped tech terms around the word degree does not make it real, it just makes it sad.