Masters in CS or Udemy/edx/coursera nano degrees?

Magna International dileepsv
Apr 17, 2018 14 Comments

Post is for spouse. She is a Biotech major (india) and is working in US as a BA entry level. She has about 2 yrs of xp @ Infosys back home and has started her career in Healthcare IT (McKesson)

Do you guys recommend that she goes for a Masters in CS ? This would involve few months of pre-reqs and 2 year part time degree while working. Would this help her land a 80-90k+ job? Midwest (MI)

Or is it better she takes these nano degrees / online platform mooc type degres from reputed websites and go into a specific field, that way?

Visa is not a problem since she has an EAD for now and can get a TN in a couple years.

She is looking into Data Science/Data analytics, Cloud computing and DevOps as potential options to streamline into..

Thanks for your input!

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  • PayPal / Mgmt
    kcDw06

    PayPal Mgmt

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    kcDw06more
    1. Learn nodejs
    2. Learn react
    3. Get job literally anywhere at $100k+
    Apr 17, 2018 2
    • Magna International dileepsv
      OP
      What type of coding is that? Front/back end? Im really new to this world lol
      Apr 17, 2018
    • Sprinklr / Product codermama
      Frontend
      Apr 17, 2018
  • Medtronic / Eng atzQ15
    Take a look at Georgia Tech's online program. I'm currently a student and fully recommended it. My undergrad is in Industrial Engineering -- it's challenging, but if you're proactive about engaging with classmates/TAs in your courses it is very feasible.
    Apr 17, 2018 3
    • Magna International dileepsv
      OP
      Thanks - will check it out.
      Did you have to take a few pre reqs before you started the masters?
      Apr 17, 2018
    • Medtronic / Eng atzQ15
      Nope. They just require you to have an undergraduate degree and give preference to those that majored in a STEM field. The website provides more details on all the requirements.
      Apr 17, 2018
    • Intuit robotussin
      @atzQ15 don’t know if you’ll see this but how did you qualify for the prerequisites? Looks like they need to have to taken courses in algorithms and data structures prior to taking on this course Z

      I’m an analyst with a degree in electrical engineering looking into transitioning into an ML CS role
      Jan 2
  • Microsoft / Eng ktyuu
    no don’t listen to above comments. bootcamp may not always work. If you want a career go through a degree. The formal training is much more rigorous than online bootcamp stuffs. It opens way more doors than you can imagine. Don’t just focus on the initial 100kish salary. With a degree you can jump in so many exciting opportunities.
    Apr 17, 2018 2
    • Magna International dileepsv
      OP
      Thanks for the advice. She is leaning towards this option..especially since she doesn’t have a bachelors in CS, comes from a completely different biology background and wants to work in the tech industry..
      Apr 17, 2018
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      kcDw06

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      Bootcamp is a much cheaper way of determining if she is going to like the industry. Don’t spend a shitload of time/money/lost opportunity before knowing.
      Apr 17, 2018
  • LinkedIn NotA8ot
    What's a TN
    Apr 17, 2018 1
    • Magna International dileepsv
      OP
      Canadian citizen works on a TN usually which is not as hard as a H1b lottery system
      Apr 17, 2018
  • McKesson / IT Fierra
    Mckesson will pay for people’s university courses if it is work appropriate. She should discuss with her manager if the courses she is interested in count. If she’s working as a BA, computer science degree would probably be paid for and the knowledge she’s doing that and improving her skills could benefit her at work.
    Apr 1 0
  • New Zennely
    Before even bootcamping, it might be worth trying to make a personal project of some type to see if she enjoys it. Like for data analytics, play around with a kaggle dataset or something.
    Apr 17, 2018 0