Best path to engineering at creative company
I’m interested in being an engineer at adobe, Spotify, Pixar, etc. Currently I’m a support engineer at MS with a non traditional background (self taught). I have the opportunity for apprenticeship as a video software engineer for hourly wage (~60% salary cut) and no benefits at a well connected and well funded start up. Is it worth the trade off to learn?
I’ve been taking weekend classes but it will be different from the hands on learning I will gain from the job. If my performance is good I will have the opportunity to convert to full time after 6 MO.
If you were to look at my resume as a hiring manager or peer, would you appreciate the initiative or do I have a better chance of moving to a large company staying in support or business program manager roles at MS and continuing to take classes and learn on the side?