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This past year I took courses in numerical linear algebra, Bayesian statistical methods, and using Matlab for numerical methods. I did my master's thesis on a computational physics project using C++ and unix/linux. After months of applying, I still can't get an offer for a software engineer, quant, or data scientist role. I've been told that because I lack work experience and experience working on large data sets, I'm not qualified for data scientist roles. I also haven't been able to pass the coding tests for software engineer roles.

I feel like I was better off spending this past year just studying C# coding problems and getting a C# developer role than completing the Master's. Am I right? Is there anything I can do to get a data scientist role other than just working on problems on kaggle?