This wasn’t an internal transfer for the embedded fyi.
The degree requirement is literally just gatekeeping and nothing more. We’ve seen this in AI over the past decade. It used to be that you had to have a PHD to work in AI, and now that it’s more prevalent the curtain has been lifted and it’s clear that’s not necessary at all. There are now lots of self taught AI researchers even.
My whole conjecture is that you don’t need a degree to do anything and proving your skills is always more valuable. Gatekeeping on degrees is solely a cultural thing, and frankly it’s super inefficient. Degrees rarely prepare students for the actual work, apprenticeships do.
Degree requirements happen because an old system hasn’t realized the alternatives and the people controlling that system bought degrees so they think others should as well.