i want to increase my TC significantly but cant code what do i do?

Dec 28, 2019 37 Comments

where the hell do i start?

anyone can get hired at SAP. im a technical consultant at SAP and my masters was in molecular biology. Low TC but i managed to break 6 figs and wanna get a real TC like the SWEs here. instead of renting a room in a house with my shit tier SAP TC in seattle, id like to have my own place in LA.

option1: Considering two routes atm. GMAT -> MBA -> corporate finance or product management.

option2: learn to code and do projects to build up a portfolio. take a paycut and go to a smaller comapny and build relevant experience and then FAANG.

YoE: 3
TC: 105k
NW: 185k
age: 28

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  • ClubCorp crank
    Solutions architect. We're not 'coders' but our pay is similar.
    Dec 28, 2019 2
    • Apple Phaneesh
      Can u elaborate
      Dec 28, 2019
    • ClubCorp crank
      @apple - 99% its systems design, the system design scenarios that SWE dont particularly like and are usually weaker in, but some of yall love it. We code, sometimes, like for infrastructure or orchestration templates. Could be infrastructure solutions architect or apps side.
      Dec 28, 2019
  • Google bighead2
    Do a coding bootcamp
    Dec 28, 2019 0
  • This guy I know.
    Degree in civil engineering.
    Is now doing something in sales/marketing. Dunno how much he makes , BUT
    pays 4k in his own rent, 4k rent for GF's (she's currently unemployed, looking for job) apartment, and 15k child support/alimony to ex-wife. These r monthly expenses.
    Dec 28, 2019 5
    • Dang! Like a DXA scanner?
      Dec 28, 2019
    • NASA qKln23
      Sells can easily make 300k+
      Dec 29, 2019
  • Amazon seattle4u
    You are pretty young, if you are good technically, you can also learn coding fast. I also recommend MS in CS-like degree and then move to SWE role. Best of luck!
    Dec 28, 2019 4
    • SAP PXkM70
      OP
      Can you list the ones you like? Would be a great way to get started
      Dec 28, 2019
    • Amazon seattle4u
      You mean bootcamps I like? I don’t recall the name, but it was right across Amazon SLU campus, maybe something part of north western university. It’s across from Starbucks on Terry avenue. Don’t know if it still exists :) It was a full time/day, 1-year bootcamp as far as I know. I don’t know the details as I didn’t take it myself :)
      Dec 28, 2019
  • New / Design
    meowsa

    New Design

    BIO
    Sr. Product Designer - Leadership
    meowsamore
    UX Designer. Don’t need to code just understand how to work with engineering team and can make a little below SWE.
    Dec 28, 2019 3
    • New / Design
      meowsa

      New Design

      BIO
      Sr. Product Designer - Leadership
      meowsamore
      Design the look and feel. Research users and test designs to validate or invalidate design solutions and then iterate. Art + science basically. It’s a great field.
      Dec 28, 2019
    • SAP PXkM70
      OP
      That actually sounds like something I’d enjoy doing. I’ll
      Look more into it. Thanks!
      Dec 28, 2019
  • Google bighead2
    I wrote my first line of code when I was older than you are. So I want to encourage you that it is still possible to break into an SWE role.

    The thing is, you need to start coding to find out if you'll like it, and also if you'll be good at it.

    If that's the case, the lowest point of entry is probably to pick one web stack, and find a smaller company that is looking for that stack (e.g. React/Node).
    Dec 28, 2019 1
    • Amazon seattle4u
      When I first started learning coding, I hated it, although I was quite good at Maths. It was very different than Maths/Physics/Chemistry. At first. Once I adapted to programming logic, I loved it and love it ever since :)
      Dec 28, 2019
  • Amazon fmjfn
    QAE -> TPM -> SDM

    But do everyone a favor and instead just take up smuggling cocaine. The world will be a better place if we stop the madness of non technical SDMs.
    Jan 8 0
  • Amazon getthat$
    Language to start with id recommend java. Not too easy to write in like python but also not too hard like c/++. Learning to program in a typed language first is better imo.
    Dec 28, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group / Product produxtBrah
    would recommend:

    1. sales/solutions/partner eng (no further ed req'd)
    2. top MBA to product
    3. top MBA to corpfin/corpdev/biz dev&partnerships/strategy&ops (w/ or w/o time in banking or consulting)
    Dec 29, 2019 0
  • Dell jackMaa
    Why not build on your existing SAP skills and move into Presales role. You could make anywhere from 200-300k + RSU’s and even higher if you overachieve you’re quota. Won’t need to re-invent yourself and become a programmer.
    Dec 28, 2019 0

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