New skills at 40

Vungle jingjong
Jul 22, 2018 10 Comments

I have worked as swe for 15 years i.want to get some qualification for a data science career but I am old almost 40with mostly startup experience. What course should I take ? Cousera etc seems to be light weight is it possible to start masters or phD

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  • Qualcomm mallons
    I’m in my 50s, I’ve picked up so many skills since I turned 40. Never stop learning.
    Jul 22, 2018 4
    • ANSYS / Eng
      GnuW80

      ANSYS Eng

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      GnuW80more
      Best advice ever. Thank you.
      Jul 23, 2018
    • Qualcomm
      Kimjeller

      Qualcomm

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      Kimjellermore
      TC and rank in qualcomm? Are the skills you learned worth it from a financial perspective?
      Jul 23, 2018
    • Qualcomm mallons
      TC 300K+
      Sr. Staff Eng.

      As to financial perspective, I really can’t imagine doing anything different. You’re only as good as what you’ve done recently.
      Jul 23, 2018
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      Kimjeller

      Qualcomm

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      Kimjellermore
      @mallons are you in SD or raleigh? What is the base for that? I know senior staff in raleigh earning 160base.
      Jul 23, 2018
  • Axtria KaggleLove
    Firstly, 40 is not old, so stop saying that.

    Secondly, is it possible? Yes. Is it worth it? Probably no.

    If you don't feel strongly about going for higher education, I wouldn't suggest doing it. It's difficult, a lot of hard work especially with family (I presume you are married), and you have to enter the job market again. I would suggest take on some more online courses on datacamp, and go through some good books like Sebastian raschka to learn data science.
    Jul 22, 2018 0
  • Aon Hewitt rundmc
    40 is not old, try udemy - there's a professor named Kirill - he's good for DS
    Jul 23, 2018 0
  • Credit Karma uB6bIk2
    Fuck PhDs. Read "The PhD Grind" to get an idea of how it is. Don't do one unless you reeeeaaaly want to work in academia.
    Jul 22, 2018 0
  • Gusto NotALlama
    What do you want to do and what do you like to work on? Data science and SWE both have some core tenancy in problem solving, but I’d recommend getting more specific / targeted in what specifically (domains and problem types) you want to work. Note 40 is not old and that’s the same advice I give people with 5 yoe
    Jul 23, 2018 0
  • ANSYS / Eng
    GnuW80

    ANSYS Eng

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    AI and ML in engg
    GnuW80more
    Phd here. In industry for a long while. Transitioned from academia. Getting a PhD was the single best academic decision i took. I have also done a crapload of MOOC courses over the years. So yeah, go for the MOOCs :)
    Jul 22, 2018 0