Non-CS major trying to break into tech

New qrzm58
Oct 30, 2019 28 Comments

I have a non-CS engineering masters, am a decent coder and curious to see if I can move into tech. Also have undergrad CS coursework (data structures and algos, software dev, etc.) on my transcript.

What would be the easiest companies to start getting some interview experience? I live in the Bay Area so have access to practically all of tech companies out there, but unsure where to begin.

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  • Eventbrite FriteLing
    I’m a CS degree but have seen a lot of hires come from these 3-6 month bootcamps. I was skeptical at first, but some folks, like you, which have a technical background have ended up great and excelling in their role. Even if you have good CS skill from side projects I think these camps can pay off with the network and exposure and intros to tech companies which are hungry for talent. Can teach tooling and red-black trees and whatnot but can’t teach smart. either got it or you don’t. in terms of companies I’d recommend looking at smaller bootstrapping startups that don’t care pedigree - smart, passionate about the work, and gets shit done
    Oct 30, 2019 10
    • New qrzm58
      OP
      Haha for sure! Which IPAs?
      Oct 31, 2019
    • New / Eng
      Xbox117

      New Eng

      BIO
      Looking to make a career transition from business consulting into tech.
      Xbox117more
      @FriteLing ....sincceeee your offering, I’ll take you OPs offer if you don’t mind the extra DM lol.
      Oct 31, 2019
  • Avanade / Consultant gitPullAll
    Why not just go for all of them? Having an engineering degree is nearly equivalent. Math majors become software engineers so getting interviews shouldn’t be an issue.
    Oct 30, 2019 3
    • Boeing qhjX28
      I second this. OP, i studied engineering and physics undergrad, worked for big aero for 2 years, and have just received offers from msoft and amazon. you can definitely do it too. crank out a side project or two built around relevant technologies that interest you, practice up on LeetCode, and look for referrals.

      it seemed harder to get an interview without the CS resume. but once i was in the interviews, it felt completely normal. you can actually stand out as someone who excelled in a non-CS engineering role, that also has CS skills. shows talent.

      good luck!!
      Oct 31, 2019
    • New qrzm58
      OP
      @qhjX28 congrats! Very motivating! Where did you go to school? Did that help?
      Oct 31, 2019
  • Expedia Group HavNiceDay
    I think all companies have similar interviews. The difference is difficulty of getting an interview.

    I would go to Bay Area meetups to network and try to get referrals.
    Oct 30, 2019 1
    • New qrzm58
      OP
      Thanks! Noted.
      Oct 30, 2019
  • Expedia Group HavNiceDay
    Not to post ads - but there’s a lot of programs out there to help people like you get offers. One of the good ones is called Pathrise. You can DM me for a referral. You have to apply to get in.
    Oct 30, 2019 2
    • New qrzm58
      OP
      Just checked it out! Thanks! Will DM.
      Oct 30, 2019
    • Expedia Group / Eng getmesfjob
      Wow didn't know they were that famous
      Oct 30, 2019
  • What are you doing now & how old are you?
    Oct 30, 2019 3
    • New / Eng
      Xbox117

      New Eng

      BIO
      Looking to make a career transition from business consulting into tech.
      Xbox117more
      @qrzm58 I am in the exact same boat as you. Mech Eng, 28...but pay sucks lol. Always had a thing for tech, but when I realized I should done it, I was 2 semesters away from graduating
      Oct 30, 2019
    • New qrzm58
      OP
      I feel like there’s sufficient demand in tech that there’s room for people like us. Like Uber lays off 400 engineers and they’re all easily and quickly absorbed in other companies. Just need to understand where/how to begin the pivot process.
      Oct 30, 2019
  • Salesforce 6578435
    Beggers can’t be choosers, so apply for all positions you see. Once you start getting interview calls and offers, then it’s time to be a chooser.
    Oct 30, 2019 3
    • Salesforce 6578435
      Thank you!
      Oct 30, 2019
    • New qrzm58
      OP
      Lol
      Oct 30, 2019

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