Agree on the paper
I have many pieces of university paper in very non-marketable areas, but I simply point out, at interview, that I taught myself, as a graduate student, how to set up a project, how to direct myself to a successful on time, on budget finish (i.e. got the degree), and so had proven that I was able to work hard for a goal often many years away. Oh, and I was both details-oriented and yet could see the bigger picture. Also, could read Latin. And Anglo-Saxon.