Transitioning Career – Enthusiast to Pro path
With the radical evolutionary changes in the technology world, it has become a mere necessity to keep on learning and transforming careers. If you think the technology you are working today will be a valid couple of years from now, I am sure you are wrong.
Hence, to be at par with the changing landscape many newbies and even experienced people have a lot of apprehensions and questions on how do they transition/transform their careers. Here are all your FAQ’s cleared and curated into a learning path. It doesn’t matter whether you are on big data, data science, DevOps or any other track the below will act as a standard template for all.
1.Which technology path to choose and why?
Gather information about all similar paths by reading about them on Wikipedia and the internet or watching youtube or talking to your connection already in this field. Below criteria should be the decision not in any particular order
- Ease of getting a job
- Personal Interest
- If already working on related field
- Career prospects in the field
2. Where and how to learn?
Focus on text-based learning first, even if you don’t understand try to complete the topics as much as you can. Apart from free text-based courses, it can be in the form of blogs, articles or StackOverflow answers as well.
Once done you can try to do some hands-on based practice on numerous websites like codeacademy, datacamp, etc
Once hands-on practice is done try to find all freely available video material in form of MOOCs course in websites like Coursera, Udacity, edX, etc.
If you are still confused enquire about multiple courses and decide based on the following parameters only-
- Mentor reputation
- Course exhaustive nature and duration
- Hands-on duration
- Project complexity
- Helpful support team
Believe me, do not ever decide based on certification, brand, and popularity of the course.
3. How to work on and get experience in real industry projects which can be relevant to the profile?
Based on your experience/ interest in domain/ industry just try to search on the internet for related projects/ use cases/ data. Try to articulate that into your specific one by adding more details based on your experience/ interest in the field of business.
Alternatively, search on GitHub, you will find a lot of people pushing code based on their use cases, etc. You can understand, enhance and contribute to this open-source code as well.
Lastly, why don’t you yourself get creative and chalk down requirements for your dream project which can be added into your Resume as well?
4. How to get experience in a real-world industry environment?
If you are a fresher you can try with uploading your profile and reaching out to companies to find internships using various websites like Linkedin, lets intern, internshala, hellointern etc.
If you are experienced then you can try to internally switch within your company first into a department where your new skill work is being done. You can convince the leadership by doing PoCs, extra initiatives and following up with respective leadership regularly.
If this doesn’t work then you can try by working on some freelance projects, the requirements of which can be taken from freelancer websites like upwork, getafreelancer etc.
5. How to transition job outside company?
Finally, at some point of time you would be looking for what you actually dreamed of – respectable role in a cool company. All this is possible by following below pointers.
- CV preparation – Get similar wordings /formats from the profiles various mentors and experienced people in the field
- Post your profile and be active on various job sites like naukri,linkedin, iimjobs,hirist,monster,indeed.co.in -jobs
- Mock interview do help, connect with an expert and ask them to take your mock interviews in exchange of kudos/ nominal fee.
Finally, a lot a motivation, perseverance and hard work is needed to take the leap, but believe me it’s equally rewarding. See below, an example from a candidate who transitioned into a new field-
– Number of hours studied – 3-4 daily for 2-3 months and 5-6 hours 2 weeks before the interview
– Number of jobs applied to – 200, got calls for 20 interview and converted 2 of them
So, sit tight and start your journey right away, its going to be a tough but an interesting one.
Last but not the least, mentor help is definitely helpful in every stage of your transition so we have come up with a feature where you can connect with mentors and have one on one discussions with them.