Life is tough here as a non-tech person, what to do?

Axtria Jz10!p
Dec 8, 2019 30 Comments

Job market is slow, pay is low, not many opportunities, interviewing standards don't justify the salary in the market, companies don't prefer people on visa. I am currently working as a data analyst (SQL, excel, and PowerPoint) at a TC needed to just keep my visa status. I think I just pursued the wrong choice of education and career.

Should I go for another degree (another chunk of debt and time investment) or just move back to India? I should be able to get a 15-20lpa job there which I feel is better than the current 80k TC here while being closer to family and having home food. Thoughts?

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  • Google EzGx25
    Learn PowerBI and call yourself a big data scientist
    Dec 8, 2019 0
  • Oracle k-9
    Yes that’s true. 20 LPA in India is better than 80K in the US
    Dec 8, 2019 9
    • Axtria Jz10!p
      OP
      Thanks, lot of useful advice there.

      From what I know, Insightful as a program is mainly known for its data science program which hires PhD grads only. But I can take a look at the other courses they offer which do not have a PhD requirement, although they aren't that great.

      To spare 15k for a bootcamp seems a lot. But happy to give what the said a thought. If my company is stingy enough to just pay me to enough to keep me afloat with the TC requirements for visa, I doubt they are gonna offer education support. I am ok investing 1-2 years towards learning new things but I want to ensure it's a directed path with high probability of yielding good results. I'll check out the programs you mentioned, thanks :)
      Dec 8, 2019
    • Wayfair / Eng
      qwerty k

      Wayfair Eng

      BIO
      A new grad in a new city :)
      qwerty kmore
      I know masters people who went to insight for a bootcamp. But then, you also need to clear an entrance to get in. So that's there.
      Dec 9, 2019
  • Salesforce curious03
    Why not Leetcode
    Dec 8, 2019 6
    • Axtria Jz10!p
      OP
      Thanks
      Dec 8, 2019
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      offByOme

      Bloomberg Eng

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      Bloomberg
      offByOmemore
      They can’t switch to a Software Engineering role if they’re on H1B and neither has an accredited appropriate degree or enough work experience to equate one ...
      Dec 8, 2019
  • Why should companies "prefer" people on visa.
    Dec 8, 2019 5
    • No worries. Good luck!
      Dec 8, 2019
    • Axtria Jz10!p
      OP
      Thanks 😊
      Dec 8, 2019
  • You don't need a degree to get into tech. There's a ton of opportunity to learn and ramp.
    Dec 8, 2019 1
    • Axtria Jz10!p
      OP
      How?
      Dec 8, 2019
  • EVIO Labs / Other
    anon1212

    EVIO Labs Other

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    Founder with Interests in investing, energy, crypto, cannabis, tech. Multiple startups, I enjoy mentoring entrepreneurs.
    anon1212more
    Sounds like you’re not happy here. Work super hard to get more education why? To do something you didn’t choose to do in the first place, still be away from family all to get more expensive food that still isn’t home cooked and be lonely in a slightly bigger apartment? Don’t feel obligated to try to live out the American dream if that’s not your dream. I’m American and love India.
    Dec 8, 2019 1
    • Axtria Jz10!p
      OP
      What you mentioned is exactly what makes me scared and skeptical. I definitely miss my family, the care, the connections, and home cooked meals everyday here. And that it's not being compensated by money for me, like it does for most tech folks. Thanks for providing this perspective, definitely hit a nerve there!
      Dec 8, 2019
  • Join us buddy
    Dec 8, 2019 1
    • Axtria Jz10!p
      OP
      🍻
      Does your org pay well as a data analyst?
      Dec 8, 2019

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