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My name is David Chou, Software Samurai, CS Preacher, Professional Trench Digger

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  • I want to change my career path from Mechanical Engineering to Software Engineering, is going back to school a good idea?

    I'm 24 and will soon be completing school with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. I have a lot of offers coming in and chose one that has a $69k salary. I have still been considering the possibility of changing my career path to software development and could complete some courses with Stanford’s Engineering Everywhere program.

    I have really been having fun doing it and never really had the same kind of excitement when I was trying to self-study for mechanical engineering. I feel like SE is a good thing for me to go after for a career. However, I would still like to see if I could get some answers to a few questions. Since I have the Bachelor’s in ME, would it be better to return to school to get an appropriate degree to be a software engineer? If I were to go back to school, should I try for a Bachelor’s or Master’s? As far as school is concerned, would it be more beneficial to get a degree in software engineering or computer science?

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    No need to go back to school! Take online classes during your free time while you are working and learn as much as you can. Build projects and once you have two or three substantial ones that you can talk about in interviews, start applying to other places!

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    I would also add that on top of online classes, you might one to consider one of those dev bootcamp programs. It'll develop your programming skills and help you stay competitive.