I’m glad you clarify, that clears up a lot, thank you.
I’m sorry to hear that the social circumstances you are facing seems unfavorable if not outright unfair.
Consider this for a moment — if a company or a recruiter only looks @ labels such as someone’s degree instead of real ability and contribution, how wise are they? What does that say about their judgement and quality of work? Or, if their clients only look at tier-#, do you want to work with/for those firms or mindsets?
I once chatted with a traveling pension fund manager from wall street on new recruits he came across over past two decades:
“Those Ivy League kids ----they’re more or less all the same. Can’t think out of the box. Boring.”
Be original, and bold in tinkering problems (practical ones), even if you don’t know how yet — the whole purpose of the exercise is to cultivate an attitude of "exploring what you don’t know yet."
And don’t give up lightly. Jeremy once said (in a concluding video of course-V3, DL1 I think), “There are thousands of unfinished projects on github — don’t be that person. Start something, and finish it.”
The truly wise and sharp minds look for that kind of attitude, not “tier” labels — I’m repeating myself of my first reply. With some silly but original projects of your own, that speak louder than any “tier-1” label.
Rest assured there is no stupid question. No question, nothing learned.
Have I confused you enough? I hope not. PM me directly if u want to hear more, I bet others are bored to death by my long speech.