Most dev jobs around here require degrees, but if you are good enough and know someone I am not sure they really care. Networking seems as important as the degree. We have java developers at my job who didnt pursue a CS degree. In fact, they are better developers than those who write automated testing who did get a CS degree.You are correct by saying university name doesn't matter, it really doesn't.
I live in the UK and in my local city and other cities within 90 minutes away, 70 % of these junior/entry level programmer, developer jobs don't require a degree.
Hope the interviews went well. You had mentioned android apps - been writing simple APIs in rails for a react native phone app. Its kind of a pain in the ass with the syntax. I personally am not liking the front end, even though i've managed to make it all work. I suppose it takes a certain type of person..
I don't have a crystal ball, but I bet anyone who can code in C++ and do anything blockchain/fintech might be a good area to get into in the next 5 years. I am hoping they promote me at my job, and that I can write our java programs. It would be fun to pick at the bitcoin/etherium source code and see whats going on under the hood.