Career change: Accounting/Finance to Data Science or SWE
Hoping to get some feedback from the insightful community here.
I’m currently a mid to upper level Corporate Accounting/Finance guy (15+ years exp, CPA, progress towards CFA) at a growing Bay Area startup with a potential path to CFO. Currently $150k-$160k TC
I’m good at what I do and could see myself continuing down the path to CFO... but the thing is, I’m becoming more and more dissatisfied with the career path. Very long hours, lots of stress, sacrificing nights, weekends and vacation time, and startups look at Accounting/Finance almost as a necessary evil. So the job satisfaction is low.
Also, I’m passionate about working in tech, and the # of jobs for upper level accounting / Finance in tech is obviously massively lower than the # of jobs for SWE or DS in tech.
I’ve always loved coding since I was young, and have done it as a hobby on and off for years. Taken many online courses, done some Data Science and Machine Learning bootcamps, and a part of me always yearns for a career change to either Data Science or SWE. But I’ve never made the full commit to the career change because I know that many times when you think the grass is greener you just come to learn it is brown everywhere. I’m also closing in on 40 and with the preference for young college grads in SWE and DS, I’m not sure how that would pan out.
Time has come for me to decide and fully commit.
What option sounds best here: