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Deadman
Deadman • Sep 28, 2015

Is MS degree necessary?

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So i have done mechanical engineering from a not so good collage with not so good grades due to whatever reasons. I am seeing nowadays few random students running after m.s degree.
Now speaking of me i am looking forward to a job in software industry. Though not in a good position now but unless i get promoted to some r & d dept in long term i think of myself to be an entrepreneur. Sounds like a joke though but i feel like any average guy can earn decently by doing hard work but creating your own product like people running this forum is the best way to test your skills and an entirely different experience. I can make this possible if i meet some intelligent people on my way.
Now this is what I dream about and dreams don't always come true so a backup masters degree would be handy in case nothing works. I am not planning to do masters now but i want to know that is it possible to upgrade ourselves to nearly match those with higher qualifications?
Deadman
is it possible to upgrade ourselves to nearly match those with higher qualifications?
Certainly. Not only upgrade but upstage. Qualifications are just labels. Dreams are for realization.
Just do it!
Hello @Deadman ! Well, you have a pretty normal query. If you are looking for a job in software - make up a mind if you want to go into coding or mechanical software ? Since you have that background. R&D is a hot field in automobile and it's going to be more lucrative if you see the trends.
Automotive software industry is also booming thanks to Google's self driving car project. If you are keen to know more about Masters and the future possiblities, I can connect you to a student who recently graduated and now working with McLaren.

PS- Being an entreprenuer takes guts, a degree is secondary. All the best!
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Oct 5, 2015
@Deadman I agree with both the posts written above. You should note that people become entrepreneurs at all ages. Be it 15, 25, 40 or even 60. It's never too early or too late to start a business.

Deadman
i feel like any average guy can earn decently by doing hard work but creating your own product like people running this forum is the best way to test your skills and an entirely different experience. I can make this possible if i meet some intelligent people on my way.
Thank you for the compliment. It's true. Creating your own product and running an organisation gives you the kick and is an exhilarating experience. However, do note that apart from a few mentors to whom you can turn to when in need of guidance, you don't really need a lot of 'intelligent people' to bring your ideas to reality. All it takes is hard work and perseverance and never-say-die attitude.

Deadman
dreams don't always come true so a backup masters degree would be handy in case nothing works.
Having a B plan or a backup always sounds like a smart idea. But in your case, you need to carefully assess your position (educational background and financial status) before you take the plunge. Go for a M.S. degree to learn, to become better at a subject of your choice. Not because it gives a faint promise of a good paying job. (because that may turn out to be completely false, thanks to changing times).

There are ample of examples of people with IIT-IIM background going for a startup, people with high-paying jobs leaving them to create a business from scratch and even freshers out of a not-heard-of private engineering college creating kick-ass businesses. So, there's no right recipe of what definitely works. Does that M.S. degree align with your bigger goal of going into R&D or starting a business? How exactly will it help? Talk to people who've done it and take a wise decision. All the best.

And yeah, do keep us posted. 👍
Deadman
Deadman • Oct 18, 2015
Technology wise which c.s courses are worth looking for? As mechanical engineer will the Universities consider me for a c.s course as i don't have any work experience in programming.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Oct 18, 2015
Deadman
As mechanical engineer will the Universities consider me for a c.s course
@Deadman The simple answer is yes you can. You are free to apply for any specialisation or major as you wish. You would need to articulate in your Statement of Purpose (SOP), when you apply for MS, why you decided to pursue a different major.

Your admission decision is not based on your Major or specialization in Bachelors. It will depend on your academic excellence and standardized test scores like GRE and TOEFL.

If you get admission, the school will include in your admission letter stating all the pre-requisite courses that you need to do for the MS program. The pre-requisites are mandatory as you are switching majors or getting acquainted with a new specialization.
Deadman
Technology wise which c.s courses are worth looking for? As mechanical engineer will the Universities consider me for a c.s course as i don't have any work experience in programming.
A lot of students make that transition into a different domain when they go abroad, because universities allow and promote that. But you need to be clear on why do you want to make that transition, and that will need to be reflected in your SOP.
There are options to continue different majors and minors in different domains, the subject choice is very personal.
If you would like to interact with a student in that domain, we can help you connect.
Deadman
Deadman • Oct 22, 2015
Thanks @abhijeetkhan but with low GPA, yd chances are slim to make it to good University.
Also there are Universities in India where an average student can score upto 8 pointer whereas in pune University scoring above 60 is considered remarkable so it is actually to the advantage of those students who studied such easy University.
Coping with further studies will not be big deal as it will be a fresh start and afaik it is not just simply mugging up like here.
@Deadman Well, the good thing about US universities is you can go for a university where you can surely get admitted; which again is not entirely dependent on your GPA. If you perform well there; you have a good chance to switch to a better university o take up a few summer courses in elite institutes.
Deadman
Deadman • Nov 5, 2015
My aggregate is around 49.5 percent. Is it above 3? Also from a non-computer background will getting ocjp certification, etc boost my chances if i am eligible.
@Deadman well, that aggregate is pretty low. I think you can pursue masters from India, and work on building your profile so you are eligible for masters / phd ahead.

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