Need a career advice

Facebook Ibtccni
Jan 29 6 Comments

I’m Android eng in my late 20s with ~6 years of experience and a couple more years with various stuff (almost never used anything of it in the last 6 years). I’ve been working in product dev all the time.

I feel the type of tasks I have at my work now is pretty simple (just add a couple more buttons, fetch here, post there). I learn nothing new in my position. I tried looking for other teams in my company but the tasks seem similar.

I though of switching to something more promising for the next 5 years (ml/ai), but no teams accepts people without industry experience.

Any thoughts? Anyone found themselves in the similar situation?

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  • Amazon / Eng
    I switched over to an ML team. Here's my opinion. Dont do it in a big company. Big companies hire dedicated data scientists and as a software engineer you are just building the infrastructure and the data pipelines. Ever work with big data? I hate it. Takes hours to get a results. Made an error? Another few hours gone. That's just my experience. ML/ai is the hot chick everyone wants to bone, but once you bone her you get bored.

    If you decide to to full fledged data scientist, you may find unique problems there but again, in a big company you will likely work on the same scope, repeating similar work over and over.

    Just my experience, YMMV

    Maybe consider going into backend.
    Jan 29 1
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      OP
      Thanks for opinion. I was thinking about backend, but it means php in Fb :)
      Jan 29
  • Cisco / Eng
    DoTheNeedy

    Cisco Eng

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    DoTheNeedymore
    Front end jobs suck, whether it's web or phone. Move closer to the system and the work is a lot better.
    Jan 29 3
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      OP
      Tbh I’m not really exited about making app 0.3% faster or smth like that =\ Big companies barely have something big, especially for if you are new and don’t have context of their problems.

      Thanks for input!
      Jan 29
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      DoTheNeedy

      Cisco Eng

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      DoTheNeedymore
      Within FB, Whatsapp has the best work. Speak to someone there.
      Jan 29
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      OP
      I don’t think you can get into fair with no prior c++\python + ml/ai background
      Jan 29