I am 25 y/o and I am in a phase of my life where I have 2 paths that I can take. But I am not sure which one is the best.
- Masters in Electrical and Computer engineering in the most prestigious tech university in Portugal. However, I don’t think this uni gives me a big advantage in a foreign country, since it isn’t that well know outside of Portugal.
- Finished in the top 5%.
- 1st Job: Big 4 of consulting, 4 months; It sucked, I quit.
- 2nd Job in !Germany! 😀
- I do not like the area I am working (Data Science/Analytics)
- I want to switch to Robotics AI or Computer Vision would be also fine (but not as good)
2 Solutions (paths):
- Find job in Robotics in Germany Or AI/Computer Vision
- Do a Masters in Robotics in Germany
Q: Why would you even consider applying for a masters, wouldn’t it be more efficient to just get a job?
- I do not even know if I can find a job in Robotics
- My german is still not very good (B2), I will need some months to be in a fluent level.
- Do not know if I have enough skills
- Even if I got a job, maybe it wouldn’t be in a good company, or even an interesting position
- I do not want to wait more than 1 year, not find a job and regret that I didn’t take the masters
- The masters (assuming that I got excelent grades) would open many more windows! In more interesting positions and better companies. Which may be more beneficial in the longrun
Also, to choose the best path I need to look at my life motivations. And how each path will fulfill these motivations in the longrun (when I am 30/35 years old).
Motivations (ordered by importance):
- Moving to Asia (most likely China or Japan)
- Being in a field that I enjoy
- Working Remotely
(2 and 3, will depend on the season of the year, but right now I prefer passion over money)
Here is a table I will evaluate how each path may play out in each of my motivation, when I will be 30 y/o.
|Motivations||Path 1 (Job)||Path 2 (Masters)|
|Asia||Since I have more experince (4/5 years), it can be easier for me to get a job in Asia.||I will have less experince (2 years, and maybe some internships/research I did during my studies). May go to asia older.|
|However, my job may not be that good/in a prestigious company. Why would they want me?||Higher chance of working in a well know company and with great technology and advanced skills. This will make me a more desirable cantidate.|
|Work accomplishment||My job may not be as interesting. And I will more likely work in a more mediocre company, with not so interesting technology.||More prestigious company, more interesting technology.|
|Money||would have around 100k||would have around 40k|
I will repeat and do this table for when I become 35 y/o
|Motivations||Path 1 (Job)||Path 2 (Masters)|
|Asia||Could go to asia earlier. But not guaranteed to go there.||Higher chance to be in asia.|
|Work accomplishment||Better company, more interesting|
|Money||Salary could be a bit higher because of 2 more years of experience, but company might not be as good, so maybe similar to path 2, or even lower.|
|200k (I am not counting with stock market)||140k (I am not counting with stock market)|
I love security. That is why I try to follow a less uncertain road that can guarantee with a higher certainty that I get what I want.
In my analysis I have assumed that everything would go as planed. But if it doesn’t? Which path has the highest uncertainty, and which are the risks?
Path 1 (Job):
- I may not even be able to find a job in robotics in germany (and that is my biggest fear and why I don’t like this path) But yes, I need to try.
- Lower chance of being accepted in Asia (This one would really hurt me) Or getting a worse job there.
Path 2 (Masters):
- I will not be accepted in any uni (I think the risk may be lower, since I already got accepted to one of them last semester but I said no at the time).
- Going to Asia older Yep, I still want to experience it young. I don’t want to worry about finding a wife and having kids quickly! Or even worse, having a girlfriend that I have to abandon, and being very deep in the relationship.
All in all, path 2 (masters) sounds much more safe and more certain. And that in the longrun it will be more worthy and make me a happier man. My only concern is that I will start working with 28 y/o.
- Keep working in Data Analytics/Science
- Would not be as accomplished
- Higher probability of ending up in a non-technical area (simply being a manager… yuk!)
- Not sure what to think about my possibilities of moving to Asia
- Data Science could be higher in demand (or not, maybe it will be oversaturated, and robotics will start to be more needed)
- I would not be as special, as if I did robotics (so many data scientist/analysts, what would make me special?)
- I do not think I have a strong vocation for this field, nor did I learn that much about in the uni, so I would probably not be a big expert
- However, there would be higher chances to get a remote job (but I do not know how easy it would be, probably hard to find, and even if I found, I could be fired in some years). Remote job could be a way for me to move to asia, even to other countries (like Thailand), but I may get fired, and then I must return, and my asian dream would be over
So, let me know what do you think! Or if I made some wrong assumptions.
PS: Yes I will start learning the asian language (still haven’t decided which country would be the safest bet, if you have some info about it :))