How can I pivot my career into SWE or DS?

Tally Inc b6s4
Jun 8 23 Comments

Iโ€™m currently working in data analytics but not sure if I want to take the manager path or into an IC. I have the ability to code in a couple languages (more suited for DS) but wondering if I should go full on statistics and try to break in or do leetcode like everyone else says to do. Both will give me similar levels of job satisfaction, but wondering whatโ€™s easier to break in.

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  • Lockheed Martin ๐Ÿ˜ฏiP
    You're going to be able to earn more money in people management. And it's you're good at it, why not?
    If you're hesitant, don't lead.
    Jun 8 3
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      I want to get better so that I can properly lead people around me. I work with extremely intelligent folks and I want to make sure I earn their respect even as they develop
      Jun 8
    • Lockheed Martin ๐Ÿ˜ฏiP
      That's fair... But too often our managers don't think like this, so again I say lead. We don't have enough leaders in tech that don't exclusively think of themselves.
      Jun 8
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      Once I feel comfortable, I would love to develop into an official leader
      Jun 8
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    SWE is a safer, longer term career than Data Scientist. SWE is harder to get into. Ten years from now, only the ML research scientist /applied scientist DS people will be well paid.
    Jun 8 11
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      Thanks for the advice. Looking to spend my free time doing that. I have tried applying to DS in faang but seem very competitive
      Jun 8
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      SWE then :) Good luck with your preparation!
      Jun 8
    • Neurocrine gomv61
      Isn't swe more competitive than ds? Correct me if I am wrong.

      Also, why do you say data scientists will be obviated and swe is stable?
      Jun 9
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Yes. SWE is harder to get in, compared to DS.
      Jun 9
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      I put out some resume feelers to see how competitive I am. Did some peer code today and seems interesting.
      Jun 9
  • Credit Karma ckftw
    Leetcode is useful for swe and ds.
    Jun 8 3
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      So I should I go by the marketability of the skillet?
      Jun 8
    • Credit Karma ckftw
      Whatโ€™s your current TC in analytics?
      Jun 8
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      115 base, 10k equity
      Jun 8
  • New / Data LEdI36
    I am in the exact same situation. Not sure if I should go the swe or ds route
    Jun 8 1
    • Tally Inc b6s4
      OP
      I think Iโ€™m above average as an analyst vs my peers but that may not be enough for me at current stage. I realize I need to learn and practice more skills, but would like to focus on one thing. Also been told people skills are my best trait which I hope helps.
      Jun 8
  • Neurocrine gomv61
    Same experience as you, OP. Glad you made this post ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Jun 9 0