If you’ve been thinking about a career change, you’re not alone. We’ve talked many times about job seekers switching career paths into the world of technology, but what about switching paths within the tech field? Is it something that’s easily done? Do you continue to move up if you also move laterally? If you’re considering a change, it’s helpful to get some advice and resources before you start.
We asked Brent Ida, a Software Engineer at Cyber Coders where he’s worked since 2018, about his career path. Brent started out as a Quality Control Analyst before making the transition to Full Stack Developer, and then ultimately software engineer. In fact, he began his career in a different field altogether.
Brent, what were you doing before you switched to the tech field and why did you make the move?
How did you learn the new skills you’d need for this transition?
Once in a tech position – did you continue to learn new skills on the job?
Can you talk a little about the transition process? Were you worried you’d have to take a step back to make the lateral move?
Was it difficult to convince employers that you were capable of and ready for a change?
Are there transferable skills (soft or hard) that served you well in all three positions?
Did you have to take a pay cut when you switched jobs?
Would you do it all over again?
Any tips/advice for those looking to do something similar?
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