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Public Discussion / Need Advice - quit 6-figure job to do coding school?
« Last post by SoftwareDev on January 23, 2019, 07:27:09 pm »
NOTE: This is NOT my thread but a thread that I saw posted on another forum, so no need to give advice. :)  Just thought some of you might find this interesting.  The guy has has a cushy job making a quarter of a mil plus a year and he's looking to get into software development.

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https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=270601

I’ve been comtenplating a complete career change and need advice and guidance from more experienced folks around here.

For context, I’m in my late 20s, married no kids, and living in SF Bay Area. I work in a Megacorp in a very stable and chill non-tech role (business strategy) and have been doing similar line of work since college with a few years in management consulting before switching to corporate strategy. I make pretty good income (around $250k in high base salary+RSU+bonus) and have been in my current Megacorp for just a few months.

The good things about my current job are of course great pay, great benefits, chill environment (my realistic productive work is about 20-30hrs / week), nice coworkers but obviously the bad things are the complacency, no learning, office politics (I’m non-white and I can feel the glass ceiling of my current career path by simply looking around me) etc. I’m lucky to be where I am career wise due to my top academic pedigree but I know deep down my current career trajectory is not sustainable in the long run and the good time will end (along with my high compensation) just cuz I know I won’t succeed in playing the game.

I’m interested in making a complete career switch to software engineering and I know I can do this since I majored in CS in college and I’m also drawn to software engineering’s focus on meritocracy (relatively speaking) and flexiblity in been fairly location independent. It’s also probably a lot more intellectually challenging than my current business role. Ideally I want to break into the top software firms (google/fb/uber/airbnb/quora/netflix etc) where software engineers are the revenue generators.

The questions are:

1. Am I thinking this right and how feasible is my plan?
2. How would i make the switch? Should I quit and join a coding Bootcamp to jump start this process or stay put at current boring job and try to study part time and network/interview etc.?

Financially I know it might not make sense in the short time to forego a stable high income job to pursue something I’ve never done before, but if I don’t make the switch soon, I’m afraid I’d be stuck in a deadbeat environment and long term it will be bad for me. Thoughts?

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Is this guy nuts or what?  Lots of people are advising him against going this route.
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Public Discussion / Re: ID theft
« Last post by unix on January 23, 2019, 06:42:34 pm »
I once got hit via paypal. Emptied my bank account. Had dozens of small transaction in a nano-second. Amounted to a few grand.
Got it all back eventually.

I don't keep any significant money in any bank account tied to Paypal.

I have one personal account that I've dedicated as a "pass through" account that is connected to Paypal. I move any payment someone makes to me through Paypal straight out of that account and into another account. I also do not have overdraft protection on that account.

that is smart.

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Public Discussion / Re: ID theft
« Last post by JoFrance on January 23, 2019, 05:48:32 pm »
I don't know what the scheme was, but its just bad if someone with a different email address than yours can open an account in your name and get a credit limit of $8k!  Geez.  If I validated the card, they could have used it.  Maybe it was a first step to try to take over my identity.

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Public Discussion / Re: ID theft
« Last post by The Gorn on January 22, 2019, 07:13:48 pm »
I once got hit via paypal. Emptied my bank account. Had dozens of small transaction in a nano-second. Amounted to a few grand.
Got it all back eventually.

I don't keep any significant money in any bank account tied to Paypal.

I have one personal account that I've dedicated as a "pass through" account that is connected to Paypal. I move any payment someone makes to me through Paypal straight out of that account and into another account. I also do not have overdraft protection on that account.
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Public Discussion / Re: Specs for a new laptop
« Last post by unix on January 22, 2019, 06:53:08 pm »
L702x is all over ebay. I don't know that the prices are sufficiently low on it. It's a bargain at say $100 or $150. Not at $500 or even 400.

My only requirement is a mechanical keyboard. I've become spoiled by MSI.
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Public Discussion / Re: ID theft
« Last post by unix on January 22, 2019, 06:51:44 pm »
I once got hit via paypal. Emptied my bank account. Had dozens of small transaction in a nano-second. Amounted to a few grand.
Got it all back eventually.
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Public Discussion / Re: ID theft
« Last post by The Gorn on January 22, 2019, 06:47:37 pm »
My tax ID was skimmed for 2015's tax return. I went to submit my taxes online using Turbo Tax and it refused to submit, saying that a return had already been filed on that tax ID number.  I went AWK and panicked. But for tax fraud, you have 0 personal liability as long as you contest it.

In my case I submitted the return around March 10th. I would have expected the direct deposit refund in 3 weeks or so after that, say around the start of April. Instead I had to file an IRS form for the specific purpose of claiming tax ID fraud. It took a few weeks to work its way through the IRS system. I managed to re-submit (I think I had to mail it in), and we received our refund in late May, so about 6-7 weeks delayed.

Since then, I've been on an IRS "program" wherein I receive a new unique tax filing PIN every year, that I must use at filing time.
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Public Discussion / Re: ID theft
« Last post by Richardk on January 22, 2019, 04:52:21 pm »
If they didn't have the card then I'm assuming they didn't have the number either. So I'm not sure how they could benefit from it even if you activated the account. Unless that was step one and the next step was to somehow steal your card / number?

What are we missing here? Without the card info, they don't have anything except they have a live card with their email address. Could they then "move" and finally request a replacement card for the one they "lost" in the move?
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Public Discussion / ID theft
« Last post by JoFrance on January 22, 2019, 03:00:33 pm »
I had this happen to me earlier this year.  One day, I got a new credit card in the mail.  It was an Amazon Prime credit card through a company I already had a credit card with.  It sent me a card that said I needed to call and activate it.  I didn't do it because I didn't apply for anything.

Initially I thought this might be a replacement card for my existing card.  I didn't understand what was going on, but I never activated the card.  A couple of days later, I got a letter from my credit card company that they canceled the card because the email address used was suspicious.  I just find it hard to believe they sent out a card to begin with.  They gave it a $7500 credit limit right out of the box!  That's just wrong.

I put a fraud alert on my credit bureaus, but how were these thieves thinking they could rip me off?  The card came to my house.  They didn't have my email address, but they had the middle initial of my name.  Were they just depending on me activating the card or maybe they were watching my mailbox.  I have a rural mailbox on the road where I live. 

Has anyone seen things like this?
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Public Discussion / Re: Specs for a new laptop
« Last post by Richardk on January 21, 2019, 07:29:54 pm »
So what about a ThinkPad P72?

Yes, pricey but it sure has a lot to offer. Would end up being my main machine, basically a portable "desktop". A family member swears by their customer service and he has a need for a machine like that. I like the features but wonder if I can find something similar for less?

My goal is a replacement laptop which is more of a workstation or my "desktop", if that makes sense. I'd like to "play" with virtualization and servers again then I need something more than a consumer level machine but hell, I have enough "spare parts" and other computers laying around that I could probably cobble something together, so am I just fooling myself with this overpowered monster?

On the flip side, I buy expensive, quality (I hope) computers and run them into the ground. For instance my current machine still runs Windows XP. Ha-ha. I know. So this would be the next upgrade. Maybe I need to upgrade more often and buy cheaper stuff?

That Dell XPS L702x looked nice too but a bit dated and hard to find.

My situation has changed and I'm looking at a gift horse but don't want to foolishly spent that I don't need to. So does anyone have any experience with these machines or similar class?

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