| ||Ask HN: Am I crazy not to pursue a machine learning masters, given free tuition?|
8 points by dsiegel2275 7 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 11 comments |
|I work as a software engineer at a U.S. university that is arguably tops in the world in AI/ML. I took advantage this semester of our free tuition benefit and enrolled in a graduate-level intro to machine learning class. Given my full-time work and family responsibilities, the course proved to be a lot of time and work - but in the end I learned tons and did well enough that I'm considering pursuing a professional master's degree in ML here.|
My goal with getting the degree is to remain relevant in this industry as a technical contributor (I'm in my early 40s), open up new opportunities, and very simply to make more money. Pursuing the degree, though, is a significant time and effort commitment: it will take me about four calendar years (taking one class at a time) to complete. The opportunity cost of pursuing it is spending more time with my family, having less stress, being able to work on side projects from time to time, etc.
I'm curious to see what folks in the HN community think. On one hand it seems like an absolute no brainer that I should take advantage of this. On the other hand... I dunno.
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