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Is it common for people to supplement learning with outside resources like books/courses?

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Data Scientist at Apple2 years ago

Is it effective when doing this as a tech worker? I'm also wondering how it varies by company type.



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    Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero, PayPal
    2 years ago
    • I think in this age of so many online resources, probably yes. However, I don't think it's a good use of time most of the time.
    • Books/courses are very structured, so they tend to be more generic and high-level. At the end of the day, you work for a specific company, so yield is going to be low.
    • Also, if your goal is to build technical proficiency (e.g. I want to get better at running queries or writing this code), you mainly learn by doing. The opportunity cost of reading is not you're not tinkering.
    • Big Tech has the worst yield when it comes to outside learning as the stack is so custom, and in general, the bigger/older the company, the worse outside resources get. I think outside learning is best for startups, but even then, I like side projects a lot more. That's how I really supplemented my learning at Course Hero.
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    Series B Startup
    2 years ago

    I find myself getting quite deep in very specific areas at work, so sometimes taking a step back and supplementing with a book that provides a higher level overview and broader exposure is quite helpful in strengthening my mental models of systems.

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