As you know, in the public sector, it's all about paper qualifications, rightly or wrongly so. That I am not denying.
If one's goal in life is to work in the public sector, then yes, by all means, work your arse off for that degree because if you do not have a degree, then you might not even get hired.
But I would urge those who want to get a degree just because of a job to really think twice. Is this the industry you want to enter or do you just want a degree because everyone else has one?
I for one will not take a course of study I have absolutely no interest in. I know many who force themselves to complete a course of study because they just want that piece of paper.
I hope things change and people pursue what they are interested in, rather than what they think others want out of them.