I am contemplating a master's degree and am unable to decide on how to move further.
I am currently working at Amazon as an SDE1, joined as a fresh grad. Looking to get promoted in Q2.
What is the kind of ROI I can expect by going for a master's degree? Is it worth it? I will either be pursuing an MS or an MBA. Super confused which one of either. I am definitely interested in tech, but have heard that an MBA can give you a greater boost in your career a couple years down the line.
Or is my time better spent leetcoding and getting into Google/FB and the like by the end of this year?
Appreciate any experiences/inputs. Thanks a lot!
- Google euBx84What do you actually want? Ask yourself seriously. I have a masters, and it was pretty damn fun and all, but learning about Pumping lemma most likely won't take my career to the next level. The perception that you need a masters or MBA to go into management (either eng or PM) is completely false. If anything the masters ROI could likely be negative for your career (unless you pivot fields or something). It's okay to take some time off, and find yourself during masters degree, but don't expect the world to change for you just because you have masters. If you really want to switch out of swe then masters is perfect. If you're staying in swe then masters is foolish unless you're trying hard to switch company/domain or something or you've accepted that your career may stall for 2 years.
- That's where I'm so uncertain. I do not want to move out of SWE, or pivot drastically at this point. I'm pretty content being here and solving fun problems.
The dilemma is that I might hit a glass ceiling in another 10 years (I hear this from CEOs) and it might be too late to pursue a Master's degree then.
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- Best write up I have seen if you are thinking about getting a business masters...long story short, experience > “education”
- I'm in the middle of an MS in CS (night classes) after 10 yoe. Best decision I've made. I disagree with the popular notion that it's all about job experience. After 10+ years of specialization it's awesome to step back into academia for a broader survey of the field and formally study new developments that aren't directly in my professional domain.
Edit: you said you're a new grad. Honestly, I would focus on career and go back for MS after 5+ years...or MBA for that matter.
- Amazon CiJN18As an SDE1 I would focus more on job experience and skills you can learn outside a formal program. After a couple promotions you’re going to get exposed to more of the business side and skills like understanding marketing or finance will start to matter. Having an MBA is no ticket to upper management, you need the network. Build part of that now, and part in school if you still want to do it.