How To Make A Mid-Career Move Into Data & Analytics

Karla Guerra our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 12/12/2019 2:34 PM
The world of work has changed and in the world of tech, it’s in a league all its own. While some articles ponder the strange strategy of school and work start and end times, others talk about the hottest jobs on the market. We already know Big Data, Analytics, and anything data-related is the place for aspiring data professionals. Both universities and businesses have amped up their curriculum and offers to help skilled workers keep up with the demand.

Skilled workers. These are the people needed to fill the jobs of the future. The jobs automation can’t do, not yet. The jobs which require the human element like why a consumer buys one product or service over another (read: gut instinct).

Gut instinct. It’s something developed through our human experiences. But what about those aspiring Data professionals who are coming from other industries and not directly from university. What would someone who wanted to make a mid-career change need to consider before making their move?

11 Things to Consider About Your Mid-Career Change


While everyone has different reasons for changing career paths, two of the most common are money and unhappiness. For more about what employees want to remain in their job, check out this year’s Diversity Report. Mid-career changers making the leap into the tech industry plan for a year. 

As you plan, think about these questions, and find your why. Then, figure out how.

  1. Are you looking for a more challenging role?
  2. Looking for advancement opportunities?
  3. Do you want more flexibility in your career?
  4. Do you just want to move location or do your motivations run deeper?
  5. Are you ready to be a student again?
  6. Are you willing to “learn the ropes” again – processes and frameworks?
  7. Do you have the support of your family as you enter this next phase of your life?
  8. What’s the best way for you to learn the technical skills required? Is it a university degree, or a combination of degree, certification program, and/or bootcamp?
  9. Are you prepared for the costs associated with a career-change? Not just moving from employee to student, but prepared for the right business for your newly acquired skills.
  10. Do you have what it takes to make your desired career change?
  11. Are you prepared for the challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs change and new projects brings?

You’ve thought long and hard about these questions. Your family’s on board. You’ve made it through an intensive educational program, and you’re ready for next steps. So, now what?

Well, we’ve got a few articles you might want to check out to learn best practices for applying in this industry. Though you may have an edge in your business knowledge, goals, processes, and implementation of technologies, there are a few other pieces we can offer to round things out.

We want to help set you up for success with tips for your resume, including how to boost it with video, and add a layer of depth without shedding the basics. And to round it all out, check out our article on how to rock your interview

Over to You 


If you’re interested in making a career-change into the world of data, let us know how we did with this article. What other questions do you have? And if you’ve made the leap, we’d love to hear from you about your journey into Data Science or other position in the Data and Tech industry.

If you’re interested in Big Data & Analytics, Bioinformatics, Computer Vision, or Data Science, we may have a role for you. Take a look at our current opportunities or get in touch with one of our expert consultants to learn more. 

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