Pro Programming or MBA UCBerkeley

Jul 19, 2018 13 Comments

I am MS EE graduate but very new to programming... I have 8 years Apple experience and 10 years total... I am 35 years old....
Thinking of changing careers which one is better MS CS or MBA ?
Before anyone answers that it depends on interest., frankly I love both fields...
- I have been very inclined to programming, took many courses online and at UC EXT but still I feel it’s long way to become a hardcore programmer, approximately 3-5 years...
- MBA I always wanted to start a business and have been experimenting with ideas since few years now ....

Frankly speaking my motivation is earning more money....
Edit: it’s hard to work for someone who themselves have tough vision for future

Can someone put themselves in my shoe and just give an opinion....

I am not looking for anyone doing research on my behalf, I have done enough but want to see if others were in my shoe what would they do, giving me a second opinion....


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TOP 13 Comments
  • Nvidia SomeGrunt
    If the goal is $, The cost of the school + 2 years of lost wages will not be offset by your incremental gains in your new job’s salary.
    Jul 19, 2018 3
    • Apple LaEb06
      @somegrunt ...agree with your first comment and I have been taking courses using apple reimbursement program but someone I feel unless you use your programming skills in day to day activity, the book knowledge is not useful... recently, I am using leet code which is useful so far.... but indeed good point of not leaving work...
      Jul 19, 2018
    • Microsoft compiler
      I would recommend same. Do Masters while working full time. You'll be able to select more appropriate courses and also earn+reimburse through employer which is a great deal.
      Jul 19, 2018
  • Airbnb jim.hodlen
    what would you consider a hardcore programmer? someone working on operating systems, compilers, and databases etc?
    Jul 19, 2018 4
    • Airbnb jim.hodlen
      knowing python and js go a long way in webdev imo. it shouldn’t take you 3-5 years (as in you can start making contributions to the business without becoming an expert first)
      Jul 19, 2018
    • Apple LaEb06
      I don’t know js yet.... still new to python ....
      With masters I mean online courses I consider it as masters .... I think I should change the title
      Jul 19, 2018
  • Uber JakeX
    What’s ur current job
    Jul 19, 2018 1
    • Apple LaEb06
      Design engineer
      Jul 19, 2018
  • Apple / Eng

    Apple Eng

    Spittoon of Upper Mgmt
    Would it not be easier to make more money if you become a top engineer in the domain in which you already are ?
    Jul 19, 2018 1
    • Apple LaEb06
      Frankly yes and no... today’s market and tech companies are full of engineers and tons of hiring so lots of duplication of work/team in the company/org.... market is getting saturated so unless someone leaves the upper hierarchy it’s not easy to go ahead in ladder.... need to have new skills to outshine others ....
      Jul 19, 2018


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