Masters in CS or Coding Bootcamp?

Dow Chemical / Supply/Log jChem
Aug 16 11 Comments

I’m a chemical engineer looking into changing careers. I need some direction if to do a Masters in CS/SWE or Coding Bootcamp? At the end of this, I would like to join a big tech company. In my industry, I’ve worked for the biggest players (BASF, Dow Chemical, Unilever [in Supply Chain]), so I have high expectations of myself to get into the biggest players in Tech.

Also, right now I have a full time job that I’m not really willing to leave unless the response is overwhelming to do a coding bootcamp.

For Online Master’s program I would do something like Georgia Tech, USC, University of Illinois, etc.

To be clear, I’m changing careers because coding is a passion of mine and all my internships and current role I’ve found solution by coding and making this easier. Not because Tech is hot right now.

What would be the best way to establish a good CS/SWE background and get a good SWE job at a big company?

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TOP 11 Comments
  • MS then internship then get return offer... Bootcamp teaches you Front-end mostly if thats what you want.
    Aug 16 4
    • Dow Chemical / Supply/Log jChem
      OP
      That was my thought process of wanting to go for a Masters. The ability try out a couple of internships at tech companies before I decide where to go at the end
      Aug 16
    • That was my goal too but fortunately i got Faang offer before enrolling MS. So I deferred MS.
      Aug 16
    • Dow Chemical / Supply/Log jChem
      OP
      I’m guessing you’re a CS major or you have tech experience?
      Aug 16
    • I got BS in IT + 1.5 YOE in tech. (I learn CS & leetcode myself 99%).
      Aug 16
  • Microsoft hwaA15
    Bootcamps and leetcode are current fads. Please go for masters and get a well rounded education that emphasizes core fundamentals.
    Aug 16 1
    • Dow Chemical / Supply/Log jChem
      OP
      Thanks for the advise.
      Aug 16
  • Twitter / Eng SHmO66
    Right way is bootcamp and make a "please refer me" post on blind
    Aug 16 0
  • Chase / IT jedibong
    Bootcamp..leetcode.. project in GitHub or kaggle and some cold calling in Blind as the prev poster suggested
    Aug 16 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Coding doesn’t require education
    Aug 16 1
    • Dow Chemical / Supply/Log jChem
      OP
      It doesn’t, but it helps to get job offers
      Aug 16

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