I need of urgent help!

I had done my Bachelor’s in E.C.E and I want to change my Master’s into CS Domain.

My question is that how many programming languages does one need to learn or is it sufficient if i already know a particular programming language and What kind of programming languages does big Tech companies particularly look for?

Secondly, as I’m planning for a Transition what subjects do i need to hold a grip on to be able to remain in the competitive world in CS Domain.

Thirdly, for my Master’s I’m choosing Italy(Politechnico di Milano) as a Study abroad destination what are your views on that if you have any colleagues or if you have any suggestion on this please let me know.

Looking forward to hear from you soon.

So back in the day, I was a professional entertainer. It was a great gig, and I loved it. I would do magic, balloon animals, stilt walking, storytelling, juggling… all around entertainment stuff. And I would often hold workshops, teaching others as much as I could in a one- or two-day seminar setting.

But the question always came up with juggling: When you master juggling three, and you’re doing some cool variations, someone will always ask, “Yeah, but can you do four?”

So you invest the time, spend months breaking your brain of the “three” habits and trying to learn a more abstract way. You drop stuff. You cuss a lot. You eventually get four, and realize you can do many of the same patterns and have a LOT of fun! Yaay! And yet, same guy: “can you do FIVE?”

So back to your basement cave you go. Juggle drop drop thud cuss juggle…

Do you see my point? You will never learn enough. You will never learn it all. You will likely never overcome impostor’s syndrome. In talking to coders on a variety of languages and platforms over the past thirty-plus years, there’s a common thread. Many if not all feel we’re living “the Emperor’s New Clothes,” waiting for someone to realize we’re faking it.

We’re not faking it, we’re actually very good at what we do, but we are never, in our minds, good enough.

So break it down. Do you want to learn primarily front-end design? Then learn HTML and CSS to start, maybe things like SASS or SCSS. Do you want to learn front end development? Then, to the above, add javascript. Worry less about libraries and frameworks, learn the basic language they’re built on.

Got all that? Still feel like you’re lacking in front end skills? Then yeah, add things like React or Vue or some similar framework. But remember, the framework is not the language, it’s simply a convenient overlay!

So what about backend? Well, that depends on your experience and your interests, far more than it does on what “big tech companies look for.” It’s like Dilbert – the big tech CEOs are less about how to do a thing, and more what can you do?

So find languages that appeal to you. For me, I have zero interest in compiled languages. I’ve always had a happy spot for interpreted languages. And yes, that’s arbitrary and solely my opinion, so there it is. For me, I started with MS-BASIC back in 1985, then after a dark time (mainframes, and COBOL and RPG-II), I found my way to perl, and PHP, and languages like that. And now, for me, it’s all about Node.

Find the languages you like, or that make sense to you, and push yourself and the language to the limit. Then bend the limit outward. The employers will be far more impressed with that, than with the fact that you know 18 different languages. Know two or three well, and the world’s your oyster.

And before you all flame me, this is totally from my own experience and my own opinion. You’re entirely welcome to hold your own, and share it. Please do. :wink:


A CS degree is supposed to teach computer science, not software engineering. Whatever languages are used on the course are there as a tool to demonstrate certain aspects of computer science. So regarding this:

What languages are used on the course??? It might give you some advantage knowing them, as you can go straight into any task/assignment without having to have the language syntax etc explained to you.

Strong knowledge of a popular general purpose language seems typical (Java or Python for example).


Thank you sir! It was a great response from your end:)