Can I get into Eng/SW without a related degree?

American Express lwjG82
Jul 15 15 Comments

Bachelor's in data analysis. Tried both analyst and PM now and don't like either, enjoys coding a lot more. Is it possible to get eng job with leetcode alone or should I go back to school for masters?

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  • New Zaqe78
    CTCI (maybe 3 months if no prior knowledge) -> Leetcode + Grokking (a month to start shoring things up) -> Keep Leetcoding / Practice + Doing mocks 1/2 times a week (a month) -> assess your progress if you’re ready to start interviewing -> Start doing interviews with lower priority companies -> Schedule interviews with FAANG

    Plus, hope this can help:
    https://www.rooftopslushie.com/request/Advice-needed---Non-CS-background-162
    Jul 15 2
    • American Express lwjG82
      OP
      I'm just worried that I wouldn't make it pass the initial resume hr phase even if I lc 500 problems.

      But thank you for the resources. It's very informational
      Jul 15
    • Axtria KzhH222
      Did you pursue this path? Just wondering if it's really achievable
      Jul 15
  • MassMutual / Eng
    NkOS62

    MassMutual Eng

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    NkOS62more
    I agree, try for PM.

    Normally I say MS in CS is a waste. You may be one of those few people who can benefit.
    Jul 15 5
    • Axtria KzhH222
      Why is it a waste? It builds credibility if not anything else
      Jul 15
    • MassMutual / Eng
      NkOS62

      MassMutual Eng

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      Lead Software Engineer
      NkOS62more
      If a candidate interviews with me and they have a BS in CS and a MS in CS:

      They are an idiot and a waste of my time.

      Get 2 degrees in related disciplines. Not 2 degrees in the same thing.

      Why do I say that? If they're that bad where they need 2 degrees in the same thing to prove their skill & couldn't cut it with a BS... lol, yeah gtfo.
      Jul 15
    • Neurocrine gomv61
      You may be an exception. When you are in a competitive market, your resume is filtered based on your credentials and keywords. There's a reason people prefer Ivy's.
      Jul 15
    • Neurocrine gomv61
      Masters is an _advanced_ specialization. They are expected to know more than someone with just a bachelors. How is it waste?
      Jul 15
    • MassMutual / Eng
      NkOS62

      MassMutual Eng

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      Lead Software Engineer
      NkOS62more
      Academic is not professional.
      Jul 15
  • Can you please share why didn’t you like a Product Management role?
    Jul 15 2
    • American Express lwjG82
      OP
      Dealing with people with conflicting interest is a lot harder than just coding
      Jul 15
    • Starbucks thatbean
      Being a SWE is surprising amount of people work as well.
      Jul 15
  • Amazon / Eng
    lifeisbear

    Amazon Eng

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    Cisco
    lifeisbearmore
    Absolutely possible. I have two colleagues who studied completely different area, and they are doing quite well :)
    Jul 15 2
    • Neurocrine gomv61
      So they just leeted?
      Jul 15
    • Amazon / Eng
      lifeisbear

      Amazon Eng

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      Cisco
      lifeisbearmore
      One guy did work for another company as SDE before joining Amazon. Other guy just started coding for fun, built multiple apps and web sites. Then got hired by Amazon.
      Jul 16