Afraid A Career Transition To Analytics Will Hurt Your Bank Account?

You have seven years of IT and project management experience in your field. You have done well. You are now a people manager, but project management isn’t so exciting for you anymore. You have been eyeing the field of data science/analytics for a while because you love playing with data and seeing patterns.

You have taken an online analytics aptitude test, scored well and are told you will be good at analytics. You are excited! You are dreaming. You are ready to add analytics to your skill set.
 
But the fear creeps in. You have a family and two children to support. After adding your analytics skills, you can’t afford to start at an entry-level analytics job. You don’t even know if the salary will support you and your family. So you squash your dream.
 
WAIT! Don’t squash your dream! There’s good news!
 
When you transition to an analytics career, you build your portfolio leveraging everything you have done so far instead of discounting or ignoring your experience.
 
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You don’t have to start from scratch. You build from where you are.

Your unique experience—be it as an engineer, developer, marketer, or in operations, medicine, law, you name it—can be uniquely combined with your new analytics skill to find a satisfying lateral transition.

We graduate about 80-100 people through our career transition program every year and most people transition laterally. A former director of research became a consultant and then VP of data science as part of their career transition. A marketing specialist became a marketing analyst post the transition.

The trick is to identify analytics positions that leverage your industry and/or your function and then apply with a resume which speaks to that unique combination. This is, of course, assuming you have already built your analytics skills. 

So dream on, get skilled up in analytics and get prepared for a great new role which leverages everything you have done so far, and pays well. 

 

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