Phd. in Biology, can I swtich into SWE?

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Nov 18 16 Comments

I have a Ph.D. in computational biology if I took a couple of CS classes could I work for an IT company? Has anyone done this before?

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  • Weedmaps AUFy44
    I was working an a PhD in evolutionary genomics. Quit at the finish line, swapped to software engineering. Did a boot camp, worked my ass off, and make way more than if I did anything with the PhD.
    Nov 18 6
    • Weedmaps AUFy44
      I got laid off. About to accept another offer with significantly better TC. Engineering was overall good. Everything else was a shit show. Churn in every other department. Constant pivoting. No long term planning at all.
      Nov 18
    • Amazon kayla-ooo
      Congrats! Thanks for sharing, I was reached out by their recruiter and was curious
      Nov 18
    • Weedmaps AUFy44
      When was this? Recently? They just laid off 25% and everything I’m hearing suggests the bleeding hasn’t stopped. Their TC is...ok.
      Nov 19
    • Amazon Build3rB0b
      And now you sell pot and bring happiness to so many people. Got bless your soul.
      Nov 19
    • You gave up the pursuit of higher knowledge to make money from selling drugs. I respect you for knowing what you want - $, but man, that is a saddening reality that the market values you doing that more than studying evolutionary genomics.
      Nov 19
  • Google meowu
    Why SWE? Given your background you will be a good data scientist. Have you looked into insights data science and data engineering fellowships? They've had a few success stories with people having similar background as yours. Insight fellows are now at Facebook, Uber etc
    Nov 18 0
  • Phenomenex jrwe
    Yes. I myself have a PhD in biochemistry. Am currently doing the UPenn MCIT program online. I'd look in to that if you are serious.
    Nov 19 2
    • IQVIA TunaT
      How’s your experience so far with the UPenn MCIT program?
      Nov 19
    • Phenomenex jrwe
      Good. Flexible. Learning a lot. I was admitted as part of the first online cohort, so they are working out the kinks, but def. Worth it in my opinion . I did a bootcamp as well, and you learn way more in the mcit program that allows you to be more self sufficient.
      Nov 19
  • New OPqa80
    There are 18 years working at Facebook. Nothing is impossible if you try. Go for it.
    Nov 18 0
  • Allscripts qgdi37g
    Look into LambdaSchool
    Nov 18 0
  • Gilead Sciences NlIs78
    Just so data science, heavy value in domain knowledge + ability to program. Pay is pretty good if you have a PhD.
    Nov 19 0
  • Google iluvjanest
    Be a quant. Make $$$
    Nov 19 0
  • Uber 袋子
    Yes. I did that except I was just a bio undergrad. Am a lot happier now lol
    Nov 18 0

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