Good to e-connect with you and to see such an exciting and engaging community.
I am thinking of a career change towards Data Science from Management Consulting / Investment Banking.
I am kind of stuck with a career in Management Consulting and some tech knowledge…but unable to make a successful transition.
I am currently 36, have a kid and not sure if I can successfully manage a transition to DS. Let me share my education background and experience…I have done B.Tech (Computer science) back in 2005 and did MS Finance from a good B-school in Europe.
Post B.Tech (2005), I didn’t work much in Tech as it somehow didn’t interest me and was following the herd mentality of getting an MBA (2010) and a better salary. I had a good start to my Management Consulting career and worked with Big-4 and other top consulting firms for 5-6 years and reach mid-level management position. However…from inside…I really didn’t enjoy the job as it was mostly cut-copy-paste from industry reports…management jargon and lot of BS.
This was 2016 and this is where things get tricky
I left my job…learned full-stack development and created an online price comparison E-commerce platform. However…it wasn’t doing that well commercially and had to shut it post investing nearly 2.5 years.
Post that, I applied for tech-related roles but mostly got “Profile not suitable” reply from recruiters…as 6 years of investment banking experience over-shadowed 2.5 years of own startup experience.
I rejoined my ex-employer as I have to pay my bills…and fully knew that Management consulting is not something that I enjoy doing. Tried to fit in the job again…but eventually the tech thirst drove me to learn DS and ML.
Currently…I am very much motivated to learn as I did before…but the main question is “Will I be able to make a successful transition to DS? and How can I make one?”
I am aiming to use my previous Consulting knowledge and looking to transition into a Data + Strategy kind of role to help business understand DS better and get more value from data.
These days…I am navigating between learning DS and doing my Management consulting job. Not sure…for how long it will last
It will be really great if you have similar kind of stories to share and learn from.