Those who are swe from a non-CS degree, do you feel disadvantaged?

Neurocrine bluffjezoz
Sep 17 20 Comments

How hard was it to get your first CS job with non-CS background? Once you had your first job, did it really matter after that?

From my understanding:
1. Product Manager needs an MBA to grow and switch jobs. An PM with an MBA degree will be preferred over a PM with no MBA (even for experienced hires).
2. Similarly, data scientist needs a quant PhD to grow and switch jobs. A DS with a PhD will be preferred over a DS with no PhD (even for experienced hires).

Is that true for swe too? Those who are swe from non CS background, do you feel disadvantaged by any means - getting interview calls, bias, low-ball, unable to perform well, visa issues?

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  • Cloudflare / Eng myimouto
    math major here, no cs no problem
    Sep 17 1
    • Micro Focus / Eng hellabro
      Math is a god tier major though. CS is a joke compared to a math curriculum IMO.
      Sep 17
  • Autodesk QQMP17
    Bio major here. Hell yeah it was hard. I had to accept a low-ball offer for my first SW gig. After paying my dues and learning all that I could within a year I jumped companies. After that nobody cares about your major
    Sep 17 3
    • New nHfU46
      How much did your TC increase after the jump?
      Sep 17
    • Autodesk QQMP17
      Around 50-60k
      Sep 17
    • Apple prolly
      What was your first company?
      Sep 17
  • Microsoft techladki
    It is not much of a problem for those who come from rigorous majors like Math or physics.

    On the other hand, those who come from unskilled/fluffy majors like sociology or gender studies have it a lot more difficult.
    Sep 17 1
    • Amazon ey98tdkx
      Lol nah. I came from a Communication degree. Programming is a lot easier than people make it out to be.
      Sep 19
  • Amazon ey98tdkx
    Nah. I make super bank for my YoE. I'm just sad I didn't get into programming sooner
    Sep 17 4
    • Apple LSjj31
      What is/was your major?
      Sep 17
    • New nHfU46
      What made them gave u such a high TC?
      Sep 17
    • AT&T MsdR32
      He works at FAANG? Doesn't need any other reason
      Sep 17
    • Amazon ey98tdkx
      Apple - Communication

      New - FAANG + passed the interview lol
      Sep 17
  • Taylor Farms azerty_
    By PM - - Product Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager?
    Be specific please
    Sep 17 1
    • Neurocrine bluffjezoz
      OP
      Product manager. Edited the post, thanks.
      Sep 17
  • New nHfU46
    How true is #2?
    Sep 17 1
    • Neurocrine bluffjezoz
      OP
      It's true from what the recruiters told me
      Sep 17
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield / Eng neFi04
    Sociology/anthropology degree here. I had a nepotism hire in operations/IT helpdesk and then transitioned to a development position after that.

    From there it hasn't been difficult getting interviews and offers, but I'm not usually going after FAANG positions and the Seattle area market is good.

    I have some imposter syndrome/confidence issues due to not having a formal background in it.
    Sep 19 0
  • Genentech Raxe
    I’m a bio major (bs only) that went from researcher -> preclinical project manager (typically requires PhD) -> generic project manager, in my case experience helped but I guess “you need experience to get experience” still doesn’t help you huh
    Sep 19 0
  • Illumina syTY05
    For a Phd which is better, data scientist or machine learning engineer?
    Sep 20 0