I am trying to find a balance between shifting my career to coding while staying realistic about finding a job.
My current situation:
I make $90k/yr but don't enjoy Mechanical Engineering as much as coding.
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To most companies, having a degree does not mean much, what they want is someone who can code. If you are up against a candidate that has the same technical skills as you, having those degrees may set you apart, but unless you find yourself in that situation, it won't mean much.
What software engineering companies are looking for is an understanding of basic theory, the ability to get stuff done on a deadline, and someone who can code efficiently.
I attended a school in SF, Holberton, and we have seen that it doesn't even matter if you have a C.S. degree or not. (Caveat, it can sometimes help you get the interview if you have a degree from a school like Stanford or MIT etc.) but once you are in the room with your interviewer, all that matters if you know your stuff.
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