Q&A: Career Changer (RE Business -> FinTech)

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WSO has helped me quite a bit. I've actually met one of my closest friends here on WSO and met a lot of other great people along the way. I've recently changed careers and happy to answer questions about the general direction of switching careers (which has its own nuances and concerns off its own), questions about tech (I'm in the engineering department), or anything else I can help with and answer without completely giving my identity away.

 

My tech abilities center around cloud computing, serverless technology, distributed systems, that type of stuff.

 

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Sep 24, 2020 - 12:37am

I was working at an RE Dev firm with their GC arm. I left because I really was not happy with my life and career trajectory. I did not like working on the GC side because it just did not fit my personality. I'm an outgoing introvert, so working in a loud environment with bulldozers and jackhammers all around me made it hard to focus. 

 

I also discovered I love programming, so I saw more of a future in that when I started getting decent at algo challenges

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Sep 24, 2020 - 12:39am

Just soft skills, none of my technical skills applied to writing code.

 

I will say that my ability to communicate with people of varying technical knowledge helps a lot. Being able to nerd out on some obscure technologies and being able to speak to other team members who haven't written a single line of code definitely helps.

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Sep 24, 2020 - 11:42am

With the kind of work you are doing specifically, cloud computing, serverless technology, etc., was this a space you were specifically targeting? Was data science or analysis of interest for you? I've seen a number of roles come up with companies tied to finance that have focused on candidates who have knowledge and experience in finance concepts, and have some programming skills. I've been a little bit interested in data science myself because I've seen people quit their dead-end jobs, go to bootcamps in data science and end up in better roles.

 

Additionally, how is the work culture and hours you put in?

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Sep 27, 2020 - 4:34am

He posts anonymously now. Somewhere above intern and below VP.

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
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