Unwilling to give up on the computer science job: Computer scientist’s dilemma
Unwittingly, the software engineer has found himself with the task of deciding whether to quit his job, or remain on the job.
He’s also finding himself faced with a daunting choice between an uncertain future and being a distraction to his children.
He says he’s been asked to take part in a course at a top Indian university in a position of responsibility, but that he hasn’t been given a single course, nor given a job offer.
“My job is a full time job.
I’m earning Rs. 5,000 a month.
My husband is doing well with the rest of the family.
I have a small income,” said the software developer, who has been employed at his firm for three years.
The course he is taking, called Data Analytics and Machine Learning, is taught by a software development team of the company.
The course is offered to software developers who are passionate about data science.
The students are expected to work in teams of two, which work on a team.
“The team gets to choose how many students they want.
It’s a big responsibility.
They are the ones responsible for the students’ education and the development of their skills.
I’ve been asked how much I can expect in return.
I was offered Rs. 10,000 per month, but I haven’t been paid,” he said.
“My partner was paid Rs. 4,000, but he is also a software engineer.
He gets to decide what the salary should be.”
The students who are taking part in the course are expected take a total of eight hours a day.
The university offers free transportation to and from work.
Some of the students, including his wife, said they have not been given any work experience, despite being given the opportunity to earn.
“I am trying to keep up with the course and get the degree.
I don’t want to be a distraction, or have to leave the house,” he added.
He added that the company had also offered him a full-time job in the city.
“We were told that we would get a salary of around Rs. 15,000-20,000.
But I have not received any salary for a year.
I am still getting a monthly stipend of Rs. 1,500-2,000 from the company,” he explained.
While he feels fortunate, he said he feels the job has left him vulnerable.
“We have no real work experience.
I feel like my job has been a distraction.
My partner has worked hard, but it has also left me vulnerable.
He has been working at a small software company, and I have had to work at a large one too,” he noted.
Students in the courses are expected at least one computer science course per week.
This is because the students have to work with teams of around 10 people in a team, in a lab or a room.
“I feel like the students should learn to code as part of their course, instead of sitting at home,” said one of the software developers.