If you had no degree and could go get one that would set you up for the future, what would you get?
- Nielsen eJyk10Physics. Forced to have a concrete foundation in math, computer science and evaluating extremely complex systems which are the most valuable combination of skills to have right now.
- @Paypal This is absolutely true. But, that's precisely why math opens more doors. There are some jobs like that and math people can do those jobs just like CS people.
I know a bunch of mathematicians (not at G) who need people who can do both math and CS. They hire math majors. Their rationale (admittedly obnoxious and questionably true) is that math majors can definitely do CS, but CS majors may not be able to do math. In my opinion, they do much more interesting work than most CS jobs too.
- Amazon / Eng moochaIf it were me, I would sit in math and physics classes and self-learn computers
- Yeah. Amazon guy and I were too dumb to pass the cert exam.
In security, the people who get certs are the ones that have a weak resume so that they can up their resume game. They are often quite bad which has given me the impression that anyone who gets certs is likely bad. Though there are people who must get certain certs for government jobs.
- Bloomberg / Eng DPKGSlayerMath. It proves itself throughout the ages. Whatever science makes the most money in a given era, math always served as the foundation - Civil Eng, Mech Eng, CS, ML, AI, EE you name it.
The only thing is that you have to be willing to subsume the mathematics and tailor it to the profession. Professional skills always come first for jobs.
- CS is a branch of applied math.
- Double Major in Statistics and CS, Minor in Communication Studies or Business.
Basically anything mathematically & technically rigorous with a dose of business/communication/“artsy”. Or the other way around depending on your interests and goals.
IMHO at the end of the day, it’s all about putting in the work and mastering your craft. Get gud, seizing the right opportunities, and all else will follow.
- I have a math degree, don't consider myself smarter than others, and tend to pick up new topics in CS much faster than others. I'd go with math again
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- New / Strategy Porsche996moreUCB/MIT BS EECS, Stanford MS CS, Harvard MBA. You got all covered.
School matters! Shitty blog posts don't make up.
- I have the degree I wanted. A PhD in CS and AI. I would rather have 7 years of my life back, cos in the industry, it doesn't matter.
- No I hardly use the skills of my PhD at work. Maybe I chose or ended up in the wrong career path. I got into management out of circumstance two years after my PhD. Cos the team needed it and I was leading the ML and dev work anyway. 2 or 3 years of that was great cos I was able to get a lot of cool publications, patents while also delivering business impact. That helped me rise up the ranks and pretty soon, I'm mostly dealing only mostly with organisational and political issues rather than core ML that I am trained for and enjoy more.
I guess if I had stayed a scientist and an independent contributor, my degree would stay relevant.5d 0
- Microsoft HUyN72Business
Engineer is shit.
We are blue collar workers that get some spare money from those successful businessmen.
- iHerb.com iHerbianIf you can learn something on your own or with some local courses, there is 0 value in a college degree.
If you want a degree, look at medical field, engineering (civil, industrial, ...) and others where a degree is either required, or it cannot be taught outside of a college.
If you look at the 12 year olds churning out apps for phones and making millions, it’s clear you don’t need a degree for it. Furthermore, technology changes too fast and colleges are years behind.
Just my 2c though. But why waste 100-150K and 4-5 years if you can learn it on your own for 5K in course material...
- Can we make up new degrees? Computational Philosophy - trolley problem, doctors dilemma etc then there would be a lot of Science Fiction - you’ll critique why some predictions did not come true. There would be coursework to write your own science fiction and reimplement some old technology that is taken for granted today, and is known to have had negative impact on the society as a whole.
But we will still ask LC hard on phone screen.
- Engineering, but then maybe a CS masters. I learned a lot about the engineering process from an EE degree, as well as a solid math background. Most of my actual programming knowledge was self-taught.
- Microsoft 🐁Pinky😜Anything with advanced math, maybe mixed with computer science (especially machine learning).
Advanced math will let you easily work on many fields. Like machine learning / AI. If you know the math it's easy to learn the programming, but the reverse isn't true.
It also opens up a lot of engineering jobs, etc.
- I already picked the best degree. But if I were starting today, it would be in med school. CS will be commoditized in the next 10 years and will be overrun with people hitting the industry. TC will take a shit.
- Oath LxSY42I am kind of surprised so many people are saying CS. I can definitely see the field being winnowed down to a handful of elite Engineers and asea of machine learning technicians and webdevs churning out gruntwork that's adequate for keeping the business running, and the start of a period of relative technological stability as young millenials who have only ever known the age of web apps grow to be the senior managers making all decisions and the kids who are currently ten years old become the fresh grads who got minimal training on training neural nets without a deep understanding of how to do anything themselves.
- Yep. I see very little original software being written a decade from now. Software will be stitching together common LEGO blocks using a simple abstraction that anyone can learn to use.
There will be a small market for rocket talent to write whatever remaining software is left to code.
Glad I arrived when I did. This is the golden age of CS with respect to compensation at least.
- Google onetechguyOne ex-developer salesman once told me: “Programming is like plumbing” lol. Get your TC now, in 20 years, it won’t be so hot like now.
- ActiveCampaign RJDi74i’ve defended it before and i’ll continue to. a literature degree helps you understand how to take a large, complex work and break it down as well as how to form an argument while gaining buy-in. it teaches you how to learn and form arguments, while also teaching how to communicate clearly and succinctly.
- General Motors sMIL78Don't listen to other people, get a degree in CS. Chicano Studies, Hispanics will take over in 2042...
- Philosophy, I am not kidding. Peter Thiel, Paul Graham, Reid Hoffman all majored in philosophy. If you like to lead, study philosophy; if you like to follow, study engineering.
- Might as well major in luck as well. Seriously, a lot of these guys were in the right place at the right time. Not saying they don’t have skills but there’s TONS of people out there with potential who just aren’t in the right place at the right time.
Factoring out the luck, your best shot at making money is to have technical skills.Jun 12 3
- Facebook QIXQ16Dual business and CS or business and stats. I find a lot of technical degree graduates are bad at business context/strategy and pure business grads have a hard time catching up on technical skills.
- Apple stankeyeI did EE and if I could do it all over again, I’d say CS, easier path to a decent pay. The hardest but probably best degree is Engineering Physics. You’ll do ahoy loads of hard math, physics and algorithms but it’s a good balance of both science and engineering.