People who completely switched careers, how difficult was it?
By - greetings_imperial
I went from an engineer to data scientist. It cost me many nights of self learning and I had to start over with entry level pay which set me back a few years.
It was hard, but not even close to impossible.
How do you like it?
Love it, one of my better choices in life.
Nice, that’s great to hear
How did you start learning? And at what point did you realise that you need to change your career?
I knew after about a year of work that I hated engineering. I worked for another 1.5 years while studying on the side. I also found some data science projects at my engineering job that I could do so I would have "real world experience". I learned mostly from youtube and a few books.
Going back to school to get the proper degree and training for a change in career has been the most difficult.
But since I'm switching to what I've wanted to do since I was in grade school, I think its been worth it.
The difficulty will depend on what you're wanting to switch too, and what you're switching from.
I currently work in cloud computing infrastructure. Sysadmin and devops stuff mostly. I think I'd be a lot happier moving in a graphic design or illustration direction. Picked up a masters degree with distinction in that area.
The difficulty for me right now is the financial situation. I'd be earning a lot less and I just can't afford that right now. My plan is to keep it up as a hobby for the next few years, maybe start doing something freelance on the side, and see where I go from there.
I went from sales to procurement, it was an interesting transition being on the otherside of the table
Went from bartending 5-6 nights a week, to being the Brand Ambassador/Media Coordinator for a licensed medical cannabis producer.
Went to school while I was bartending for computer science (graphic design), and while bored one afternoon before my evening shift, I ended up seeing a job listing (on Facebook, of all places) for the Media Coordinator position...had NO idea it was with a cannabis producer. I was (and am) confident in my artistic abilities, so I thought, "fuck it" and applied online. To my surprise, I got a call a few days later to set up an official phone interview, and got to chatting with the gal who called me, trying to pry for more information on who the company was that was hiring...thats when I found out it was within the medical cannabis industry. "My mom is going to kill me"...but out of sheer curiosity, I continued on with the interview process. Phone interview turned into in-person interview with recruiter, turned into in-person "finalists" interview with the actual managers and owner of the dispensary. I was hired on the spot.
I've been in the medical cannabis industry since, and I *love* my job. Surprisingly, my mom loves my job for me.
Edit: I am no longer with the original company that hired me into the industry, and I am no longer a Media Coordinator...I'm with a new producer, and I'm now the Compliance Manager.
Worked as a master control operator (i.e. Homer Simpson type job, except for tv). Got laid off. Went back to school for IT/Networking. Got my A+ & Network+ certs, studying for Sec+ now. Working in IT for a municipality now. I'm glad my layoff forced me to reexamine my career life. It's a better career for me, as I wasn't a strong MCO (reacting effectively when things were going wrong on air, not my strong suit). My IT career affords me time to organize my approach before diving into problem-solving.
I’ve done it a bunch of times. I went from teaching preschool, to selling cars and working in service, to being a sort of social worker called a victim’s advocate. The common trait I guess is being good at dealing with people.
I worked in technical fields since 99, over 10 of that was software development, never finished college. My position in microsoft was offshored a few years ago, they paid me a bunch of money to train some guys from another country to do my job for less.
Figured I finish college, went back to school and realized I was terrible at math and really great at writing papers. Got an AA with a focus on sociology/psychology and decided I wanted to do something more meaningful to society.
Now I'm a Correctional Officer because I think convicted people get a raw deal in my country and I feel I can bring a degree of empathy to the role.