Knowing how fast technology moves, I really wanted to be part of the AI revolution ASAP. The opportunity cost of staying put was too high. Financially, I had 2–3 years worth of living expenses in liquid savings, so it was feasible to quit my job and study full-time. I had briefly considered applying to a traditional university to get an MS in Computer Science. Hav…
Congrats, George! Awesome work.
The choice of studying full-time (and quitting a job or reducing work hours) vs. part-time is fascinating, especially if you have the living expenses covered for a bit like you did. It’s probably easier to learn when immersed, and definitely more enjoyable when not piled on top of a full-time job. The cash flow analysis varies from person to person with opportunity costs and future salaries but I’d bet they turn out positive for most Udacity students sooner rather than later with the industries that they target. Then more immediate happiness and job satisfaction, of course. You made the right choice it seems!