CS minor or MS EE

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Jul 25 17 Comments

EE student in embedded systems graduating in May 2020. I see everyone in CS makes a lot compared to HW or firmware engineering and it's a bit discouraging to see. Should I stay in uni for another semester to get a CS minor and have time to CTCI and leetcode for an internship/full-time at FANG or get a MS EE and do CS on the side and try to land it big at Nvidia/Intel/FANG eventually? Paying for BS isn't going to be a problem since I have grants but for masters, I believe I will get a scholarship for doing the accelerated program (5 years of school). No name school btw.

Currently have an internship 25/hour and will have an increased salary once I go into masters. Estimated TC of 75k full-time if I get a masters in EE if that means anything.

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  • Stay in school longer for a CS minor or major. (Or Master’s.)

    Learning when working FT is like 10x harder and you’ll get an EE label put on you so switching careers will be harder (and you may not want to).

    Doing it now will help you throughout your career even if it takes another year. Or hell, even two.
    Jul 25 0
  • CS minor.
    Jul 25 4
    • NASA Badge BTW
      OP
      Any reasoning? Do you happen to be an EE doing CS?
      Jul 25
    • I was an EE BS and CS MS. After EE I got jobs in both EE and CS and CS paid 40% more so I switched to CS and later did an MS after a couple of years.
      Jul 25
    • NASA Badge BTW
      OP
      Sweet! That's my ideal situation that I hope I find myself in. :D

      If you don't mind me asking, was Uber your first company or did you work your way up through other internships/full-times?
      Jul 25
    • Nope I have worked at 2 of FAANG before! Am ancient :(.
      Jul 25
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    PhanPhreak

    Tableau Eng

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    PhanPhreakmore
    Do you like CS more than EE?
    Jul 25 1
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      OP
      I enjoy both. I feel that it would be easier to work in SWE than Hardware/Firmware because of CTCI and leetcode vs having to make my own projects to learn about RTOS, circuitry and all the other concepts which is why I am wanting to go towards SWE
      Jul 25
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    efeo

    SAP Eng

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    efeomore
    What school you in currently ?
    Jul 25 6
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      efeo

      SAP Eng

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      efeomore
      If you don't have visa issues, getting into an SWE role should be easy
      Jul 25
    • SAP / Eng
      efeo

      SAP Eng

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      efeomore
      U could get into one of those bootcamps too without pay, and u pay after u get a job
      Jul 25
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      efeo

      SAP Eng

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      efeomore
      There are some bootcamps that pay your living expenses while you complete your bootcamp
      Jul 25
    • NASA Badge BTW
      OP
      You don't think leetcode + CTCI isn't sufficient enough? I have plenty of free time in my internship to review stuff and during school (hopefully). I rather be working the whole time instead of having downtime
      Jul 25
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      efeo

      SAP Eng

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      Teradata, Cisco
      efeomore
      Leetcode + ctci is sufficient and given your new grad status, you should be able to get into a decent company. Try applying to SAP, they're very welcoming to new grads
      Jul 25
  • Salesforce unduless
    Can you just do CS MS? The options you listed are compromises. You need to go all in on these things
    Jul 25 1
    • NASA Badge BTW
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      I would ideally get the MS at a reputable school and have it paid for while working (or make enough to justify the cost) or work a few years first
      Jul 25

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