Career Transition to the tech area: Check out some tips here

Makenow | 07 FEB 2022

Making the decision to make a career transition can be quite challenging. After all, having a trajectory with achievements and recognition in a certain area and making the change to a new profession, can involve several desires and, possibly, more doubts than certainties. Sometimes, it can give the feeling that you are leaving behind a journey that was not easy, to take on another position with new challenges that will be faced for the first time. Is this the correct decision?

There is no right age to start programming and the tech area is updated so frequently that those who have been in the area for a longer period also need to continue studying and adapting to the new tools and technologies that appear regularly. I say this in case there is any insecurity or "imposter syndrome" that makes you think you won't be able to handle it or that it's a problem not having experience in the matter.

Contrary to what many think, making a career transition does not mean giving up all the knowledge you have had so far, taking a step back (in terms of position, career and maybe even salary) and starting from scratch like a page in White. All the baggage that this professional had so far will continue to be part of his repertoire, it just won't be used in the same way. For example, a financial analyst who wants to work with Data Science already has a certain familiarity with data and will probably also have a business acumen that will add to his role as a Scientist. or a designer who makes the transition to Front-End Developer, he may have a vision and portfolio that helps him with the development of projects.
In the case of transitions that apparently have a little less relationship with the areas, remember that there are two important points: first, look for new knowledge and updates that benefit this change and, second, look at your trajectory and identify points from your experience that can add value in your new phase, such as an architect's analytical eye or a salesperson's business vision. Seems like very distant connections, right? But consider that you will soon have the technical knowledge and your previous experiences can be an important differentiator, so you can use this point to benefit you during the transition.

A good tip that we can give to those who are making a career transition (or building up the courage to do so) is: seek to effect this change through approximations with your current career. For example, a person who had his career developed in the pharmaceutical area and who wants to migrate to Data Science, can seek this change through healthcare companies such as Health Techs. Although you don't have specific tech experience yet, you can benefit from already knowing a certain line of business. Or, if you are working, try to carry out the movement within the company itself, if you have the opportunity. You can also seek the support of managers or mentors who are available to guide you through the transition with career conversations and constructive feedback to help you reach your goal. After all, having the support of someone else at that moment can make the path less arduous.
Once you have decided that you want to make the career transition, it is important that you plan for it, not only financially, but also in terms of what the next steps will be to take to achieve this goal. In addition to seeking institutions and programs that can support you with technical knowledge, such as the bootcamps that Let's Code has developed in partnership with other companies, seeking knowledge autonomously is also a possibility. Remember that knowledge “in practice” is not only developed through traditional work experience, the realization of personal projects or for study purposes can and should also be presented as part of your repertoire at that moment! In addition, a good strategy at this time is to invest in networking.
In other words, work on your network of contacts to exchange experiences, knowledge and opportunities. For this, LinkedIn can be a great tool, as it is a network focused on work relationships and that can connect you with people, companies, vacancies and events. Thus, you can, for example, share with some people in your network that you are looking for a new opportunity. That way, they can let you know if they find out about something that matches your profile. Nowadays, with life expectancy increasing, the tendency is for an increasing number of people to move through more than one career throughout their lives,If you are willing to migrate to the tech area, use your strengths to help you with your career transition, such as previous knowledge, in addition to the emotional maturity you have acquired over the years to deal with different situations. If I may say one last message, I would like to share something my grandfather always said: life is short and beautiful, go after what makes you happy!