Thanks for your input! Sure no problem we can have discussion here to share with the rest!Hi Shane,
Apologies, but I prefer talking on this forum so that other people may benefit from our discussion. The stuff you raised are actually commonly asked questions that I get a lot in my DMs.
1) It really depends on your ability to operate under stress and your commitments. If you are not attached, and function well under pressure then I think it is more beneficial to do it part-time. This is because whilst you are upgrading yourself, you are still clocking "work-experience" which will help you in your next job. Personally, i'd go for the part-time version. However, as you pointed out, you don't really get TA support which can be challenging. This is especially so because this program is definitely challenging. I heard some of Heicoders Academy's instructor are undergoing/have taken this program, maybe you can ask them more about it. And if you are on good terms with them, perhaps they might share their personal note with you.
2) I am not sure what you mean by best. But I would say in terms of reputation and price, they are definitely one of my top choice. Other than the Ivy league + Stanford/MIT/Berkley, this is really the next most prestigious school. In fact, their CS department is even better than some of the Ivys such as Dartmorth College. As for CS vs analytics, I would personally go for the CS one with Artificial Intelligence specialisation. This gives more career option given that you can be a software developer/data scientist. Plus this program is slightly cheaper. But from what I know is that this program is harder.
3) Mmm, I used to major in cybersecurity, but I gave that up as it was too boring. Cybersecurity is decent in Singapore, gaining traction I think. But is it as sexy as data science? Well definitely not as of now. There are pros and cons to cybersecurity. Right now, all the best talents in SG are heading into software development and data science, so comparatively speaking cybersecurity is less competitive, and you have more opportunities to shine. But then again, because of this, your mentors in cybersecurity are likely to pale in comparison to the data science/cybersecurity counterparts.
Personally I would pick whichever area interests me more, because you are going to do it for at least a decade, and its too painful if you have no interest in it. For me cybersecurity is very operational/reactive in nature, and so you have not as much control over your schedule. And your nature of work is more of "fixing problems that already happen" instead of "creative work" like in software development and data science.
I will take note of the CS with AI specialisation for Gatech. I have seen you recommending Gatech but people thought that u were referring to Analytic master degree. I searched up there are 4 specialisation,
What about Gatech Cybersecurity master?
Im still keen on both routes, probably the deciding factor is where I will land next in terms of job and opportunity. As of now, I am inclined towards data sci.
I saw there are some programmes such as TFIP that help newcomers to enter IT industry. Are u aware of such programs and which one would you recommend?