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Embedded Systems Software Developer 3 months ago

Career advice

Hello all, I really appreciate any advice on this. I’m currently working as embedded software developer (engine/transmission software development using MATLAB/Simulink, nothing related to OS) and thinking of switching into tech companies. I know it is not easy but I’m fairly confident I could learn DSA etc but I may struggle with system design. Anyway, below are the pros and cons I have listed out. Any opinion or advice is appreciated especially if anyone had the same experience. I’m on visa if that matters.

Pros:
1. Freedom to move to any location in US as most software jobs are spread over compared to the current field which are mostly in Midwest. This is a bit important to me as I have few friends here and sometimes feel lonely. 
2. Long term growth opportunities.
3. I can go back to India if I want as software industry/pay #software #engineering is decent in India compared to mechanical.

Cons:
1. I have around Masters +3 yrs experience in current field and senior engineer currently with good pay. May have to start over again as SDE.
2. Good WLB at current company.
3. Job satisfaction. I’m a petrol head and love occasionally working on machines at my job. I may also enjoy software dev but I’m not sure as of now.

Thanks
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Vi8jdHComputer Engineering 3 months ago
How is the visa situation? I see so many posts about it right now on all apps right now. Are you worried about layoffs?
CatD11Embedded Systems Software Developer 2 months ago
I’m not worried about layoffs at the moment but I feel there is more growth long term in tech companies.

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