I'm currently aspiring to become an Applied Scientist in Amazon. I will be joining Amazon this coming October as a SDE1. Meanwhile, I'll be taking on a 2 years part-time Masters in CS (focusing on ML & AI).
As I will be working in AWS (and potentially getting promoted during this couple of years, in a non-ML related tasks), if I were to apply for a AS role after graduation, would I be downleveled?
I would really appreciate if someone could give some guidance on this journey towards this path.
Thanks for reading!
- Amazon broke&dumbWith the overabundance of PhD applicants these days, it's increasingly difficult.
- Amazon mahasanYou can become a research engineer. Very hard to become AS specializing in ML without a PhD. It's a difficult field.
- So from what I have researched, AS does both research and engineering implementations as well right? I believe I will have the technical chops down, just not that confident with my researching skills.
How can I differentiate myself (in a good way) from other Masters or PhD holders?Aug 9 1
- Amazon mymindMy experience is that the mindset of an engineer and a scientist is very different. Many SDEs that turn to me to help them moving to science simply lacks the discipline to do good science. Pulling libraries and out-of-the-box algorithms is not doing science. I think the big misconception is that SDEs with years of experience can learn ML in weekend bootcamps and short online courses. Sure, you can learn the fundamentals, but where do you get the experience actually using it and maybe even improving upon it. The very reason why Phds are ahead is because thats what you mostly do during your studies.