Education is what remains in you, after you have forgotten what you learned in school- Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein emphasized the need for creativity to be incorporated in the school syllabi. His profound insight that ebbs from this quote, is a grim reminder of the sordid state of affairs at the elementary level of learning. He was opposed to the idea of mechanical learning.
A self-professed degree surely quantifies your capabilities as to what ‘degree’ you have honed your skills mechanically in the eyes of your much hyped adjudicator. He has certified it and eulogized these mechanical skills, imbibing values in you to vouch for lofty ideals. He may also have taught you to bask in these values and assimilate the concepts mechanically, but there should be a quantifiable approach to gauge your creative skills and nurture them with a profound level of ingenuity.