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Mid 30s, thinking of going back to school to be a SE - yay or nay?

Oath klm6387
Dec 4

In marketing now and hate it. SE fits my personality more and am interested in it, but have no experience/knowledge in this area. Is this a realistic thought? How many years school am I looking at/what degree? And what are my chances of getting into FAANG at this age? Im female by the way

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  • Citibank / Finance$$>RSU
    Why does it matter if you’re female? Invalidates your post credibility wise.
    Dec 43
    • Oath klm6387
      OP
      arent female SEs rare and hence easier to get hired?
      Dec 4
    • Bose JustMeHa
      Yes, lower bar but not by a lot .
      Dec 4
    • Intel UGeJ58
      You get to ride the diversity pony at certain select places more than others. I would definitely say you should try for Intel if you want help being a URM / woman.
      Dec 5
  • Female has nothing to do with it. I want to be polite and say only that. You don’t need to bring the sex card.

    Take these three classes and see how you do: CS101, data structures, and algorithms. If you do well then you might be good for an SE.
    Dec 43
    • Oath klm6387
      OP
      Thanks. Are there any free resources for these that i can review before investing in the class?
      Dec 4
    • Try udacity, coursera, there is a bunch. Duck duck them!
      Dec 4
    • Intel UGeJ58
      MIT opencourseware. They have every legit class in the curriculum with multiple iterations from various professors. The content is usually class notes / videos, homework assignments, and tests/projects. Depending on the prof, homework answers and test answers are available
      Dec 5
  • Microsoft fkAME
    Just go for it. The beauty of this field is that you don't need a school to start with. Play with pet projects, go through algorithms course on Coursera, see how it goes and whether or not you still like it. Then take a look on coding bootcamps, as it might be a better option for you time wise.
    Though I don't think gender matters here, I'm a female too and got my CS degree at 26 after switching from a medical background.
    Dec 40
  • Amazon KOHy81
    Look at Ada Developers Academy.

    It’s for women only and free if accepted. 100% job placement. Most people are probably in their 30s in the program.
    Dec 41
    • Cruise Automation mocca
      How do you feel about the program? Any experience with their graduates?
      Dec 5
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    Why do you think you need to go to school? There was a time in the US when there was no where near the number of SE grads to meet all the jobs. This was pre H1B scam so US companies would just hire engineering and biz majors and teach them to be SEs. Ask anyone old who is still in the industry. You could take online classes and watch YouTube vids and do the same without all the student loan nonsense.
    Dec 40
  • Airbnb jim.hodlen
    why do you think it’s fit your personality more? have you been programming on your own time?
    Dec 42
    • Wayfair addA30
      That doesn't mean you'd be a good engineer.

      Take Intro to Computer Science on Udacity.
      Dec 4
    • Airbnb jim.hodlen
      there is a fair amount of working cross functionally as you rise up the rank. second advice to take a class and test the water
      Dec 4
  • Apple julB03
    Not to dissuade you but you should scrutinize your own statement that ‘SE fits my personality more... but I’ve never tried it’. How would you know?

    This makes no logical sense and is akin to people who say they would be good lawyers because they like to argue.

    In all likelihood your perceptions of software engineering are likely riddled with misconceptions and stereotypes.

    Go pick up your first programming language, take some free courses and see if you even like it.

    As for being a woman: diversity initiatives will definitely work to your advantage (double points if you’re a minority) but your age will also play a factor (ageism is prevalent and you will be competing for jobs with other new younger grads).

    All of this is irrelevant if you find out you absolutely love coding / learning about engineering. Also don’t get hung up on FAANG. I’ve seen dolts and brilliant people in FAANG and non FAANG companies, and there are pros and cons to each.
    Dec 50
  • Facebook Whateverrs
    Yes do it
    Dec 40
  • Amazon 123raj
    Nayy
    Dec 50
  • New canela
    Go for it.
    Dec 40
  • Cruise Automation mocca
    Companies should not be lowering the bar for diversity candidates. But saying being female in the field doesn't matter at all isn't true. You'll be contacted more often because large companies have dedicated resources and initiatives to bring diverse candidates into the top of the recruiting funnel. Positives and negatives of being a minority in your field you should be aware of.

    Your answer to the personality question is concerning. There are engineering and analytics work you can likely do at work without going back to school. How many things have you tried to automate? Have you used the reporting systems available to you like an analyst would? You should learn if you enjoy those parts of work before jumping into more student loans and spending multiple years in school.

    Also of note, in some SWE roles, you're trading those "loudmouths" from your peers to your customers.
    Dec 40
  • Microsoft Big Pun
    You can also become a program manager, doesnt have to be engineering.
    Dec 40

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