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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.
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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