MS in CS or Job (in India)

New SAkz40
May 29 26 Comments

I have an admit for Ms in CS from Stony Brook University. I am an average programmer and want to pursue masters to polish my coding skills.
Should I go for masters?

TC: 18 lakhs
Yoe: 1

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  • Apple xcodec
    Work for a year in India.

    There are a lot of students who directly do their masters after undergrad. People with experience stand out from the crowd when it comes to finding internships and FT roles. It’s honestly very valuable experience. You can also ask Stony to defer your admit to next year.
    May 29 3
    • New SAkz40
      OP
      What if I get into Amazon in the next 1 year?
      May 29
    • Apple xcodec
      Well that’s up to you.

      My response above is with an assumption that you want to move to the US. And having experience helps with getting a job here.

      If you want to get a Masters to become a better coder, honestly, nothing teaches to code like a pro like a professional job would. Go swim in the deep end buddy.
      May 29
    • Google blah🤯
      +1, I had zero work experience, and it was a struggle. I would recommend 2-3 yrs if work experience before doing Masters for any program.
      May 29
  • Google blah🤯
    Hey, I did my Masters in US, my background is hardware. 18 lakhs is a very good package in India. If you are able to get transferred to US then I would skip Masters. If your plan is to get a job in the US with a higher pay, then do Masters. If your plan is to come back to India after your Masters I would think twice since a Masters program would be expensive. At least 40 to 50 percent of candidates for a role have Masters now.
    May 29 6
    • Google blah🤯
      What is the total cost of this program in $$?? And how long is it?
      May 29
    • New SAkz40
      OP
      50-60K USD, 1.5 years
      May 29
    • Google blah🤯
      Is this a feeder school? Does FAANG recruit a lot from this school? Given you are already earning 18lpa (I am assuming you are working on something badass), I would apply to the top 5 colleges in US. 60k I believe is the cost for a program from the most expensive schools in us, so why not do it from the top 5? (I don't know what the top 5 for CS are)
      May 29
    • New SAkz40
      OP
      FAANG does recruit a lot of people from this school. 18LPA is like average salary in India now. My profile is not decent enough to get into top 5 schools. Columbia, USC costs like 100k, so it is not the most expensive school.
      May 29
    • Salesforce explorer10
      UFL and TAMU costs way lesser. Try them next year and get some job experience.
      Try for job at Google, Uber, Amazon for an L1 chance.
      May 29
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    • Wells Fargo / IT aggie
      Unless it's a world famous school, the US degree probably won't add value for job search in India. I know too many people who went back home and their foreign degree was not worth the investment.
      You spend in dollars and earn in rupees, the ROI is going to be shit.
      May 29
  • LinkedIn dum de dum
    Why not stay in India if you get good salary ?

    I see people getting 80-90 lpa with 8-10yrs of experience
    May 29 5
    • New SAkz40
      OP
      I want to experience lifestyle in USA and I am not thinking about settling permanently there.
      May 29
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      Same story like each one of us. Working in the US is a hype. Welcoming you to the rat race here 😊
      May 29
    • Google blah🤯
      Which job gives you 80 lpa with 10 yrs if work exp?

      Working in us is overrated!!
      May 31
    • LinkedIn dum de dum
      Google L5, Amazon Sde3, LinkedIn Staff, Uber equivalent level etc all pay in 80lpa to 1.2cr pa range in India.
      May 31
    • Google blah🤯
      Wow, didn't know that, thanks
      May 31
  • Microsoft / Eng thatguyy
    Go for masters only if you are doing a specialization course like robotics, ML, CV, AI etc. Masters is not to polish coding skill ffs. If you just want to enter the US job market, do a cheaper masters program. If you think that a foreign masters will fetch you $$$ when you get back to India, you are wrong, unless you are from top 5-7 masters program.
    May 31 1
  • Wells Fargo / IT aggie
    A Master's won't teach you a whole lot. It's more of a gateway to the US job market. Take the education part out of the equation when you make this decision.
    May 29 0
  • Reliance Industries soninishan
    I am also in the same queue dude
    May 29 0
  • Nvidia sygie
    18lakhs is the starting package in Amazon@India?
    May 29 3
    • New SAkz40
      OP
      No, I work at a different company
      May 29
    • Microsoft / Eng DTds84
      @sygie Amazon offers only 🍌 in India.
      May 29
    • New SAkz40
      OP
      Plus wlb is really bad at Amazon
      May 29

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