Switch from HW to Sw?

Intel Ewbc56
Sep 27, 2018 12 Comments

Trying to figure out a way if there is any chance to switch to SW. I am an ASIC design engineer with 3yrs of experience. I don’t have the educational background on CS fundamentals or programming.
But lets say, I leetcode everyday, study DS and go through system design interview questions. What is the probability that big software companies gonna give me a call knowing that I dont have background on CS?

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  • Qualcomm / Eng $/#
    Even before that, do you need visa sponsorship? If so having a non-CS degree might be showstopper.
    Sep 27, 2018 1
    • Qualcomm qcmm7
      Why's that? Is it a H1B application related issue if you want to switch or is it just the company's willingness? I think sponsoring a visa would be much easier for them than H1B transfer, no?
      Jun 9
  • Athenahealth !_!_
    It won't be that difficult. You can start with learning about fundamentals and 101 type courses to get bootstrapped. There are courses on youtube too.At the end it requires commitment from your end. Leetcode should def help.
    Sep 27, 2018 3
    • Intel Ewbc56
      OP
      Question is how would companies select me as a candidate when I dont have background. It is based on performance of interviews. But interview calls?
      Sep 27, 2018
    • Intel dying
      Do you have a preferred language of programming?
      Sep 27, 2018
    • Intel Ewbc56
      OP
      Python,c++
      Oct 1, 2018
  • Athenahealth !_!_
    Why you want move from niche field?
    Sep 27, 2018 1
    • Sumo Logic / Eng
      EMINƎM

      Sumo Logic Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      BIO
      Startup hopper
      EMINƎMmore
      Less opportunities and declining field, no salary growth without politics.. i can guess
      Sep 27, 2018
  • Intel / Eng
    damruu

    Intel Eng

    PRE
    Google, Amazon
    BIO
    Hardware quality and reliability professional
    damruumore
    Possible RFE if you are H1b dependent
    Sep 27, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    Spoiled

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Intel
    Spoiledmore
    Yea, switch to tools team, or Synopsys or Cadence. I know Intel HW folks who successfully switched to FB and Google, but it takes several years of planning.
    Sep 27, 2018 0
  • Microsoft AyyML
    You might want to switch halfway first, eg switching to a tools team
    Sep 27, 2018 0
  • Intel dying
    Recruiters will get you a call if you tell them that you have been prepping and want to move
    Sep 27, 2018 0