Need some advice for career growth

Humana goldN
Feb 13 27 Comments

Mid 30s. TC: embarrassingly low (<130k, no stock)
Have 14 yoe with bi and data engineering on Hadoop. Bs in CS from UC Berkeley.
Mostly IT related work (not engineering).
Interested in working for large tech company (FANG, Microsoft, salesforce, etc).
TBH, haven’t done SE work for long time and I am not good at programming. Don’t want to get into SE now due to age.

I am interested in business strategy or product management or account management roles. Do all large tech companies require SE experience for these roles? Do I have to get MBA to have a chance for these roles? I am willing to start at lower level and grow into these.

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  • Microsoft / Eng jsj+ew
    Go Bears
    Feb 13 0
  • Oath LxSY42
    You know 130k a year is wildly more than most people ever make, right?
    Feb 13 3
    • Amazon god
      A person can hardly save in Bay Area with that money. It depends where OP lives
      Feb 13
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      I am not in Bay Area but northeast which can almost be same expense. Bay Area is the most expensive though
      Feb 13
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      Plus I was referring to what people make in a similar situation as me, which is higher. Maybe little TC-envy triggered by blind :)
      Feb 13
  • Facebook djsY18
    I would recommend HireClub where you can hire a coach and find one to help you figure out your path forward. Dont wait...it is a marathon not a sprint you are on. I can confirm the diversity and quality of the coaches based on many success stories from friends.
    Feb 13 0
  • Autodesk aOAG07
    Don’t get an MBA. Is there a specific vertical or product that interests you? I think I read that GA has a PM cert.
    Feb 13 5
    • Quanergy Systems aquan
      What is GA?
      Feb 13
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      I do have PMP. but I feel that’s somewhat useless for tech companies
      Feb 13
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      Nice link. Do u think tech firms look at the PM certificate from GA for their interview decisions? If they only look at your SE experience I am shot.
      Feb 13
    • Bank of America Quackers
      Never even heard of ga
      Feb 13
  • Amazon jacksap
    Move into Data engineering and get paid better.BI is seen as an analyst
    Feb 13 2
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      Any way to break into product mgmt within data engineering? Are all roles SE based
      Feb 13
    • Amazon jacksap
      Product manager come from widely varying backgrounds -some even from completely non tech backgrounds.Having any sort of basic tech skills will help you provided you have the PM chops
      Feb 13
  • Wayfair WNEm45
    Two strategies: (1) go to a startup and redefine what it is you do or (2) get into data science field in small to mid size company. I would lean heavily away from big companies if you want to change your career path - number one, why you over some fresh grad and two, your skills are irrelevant for how much you'll get paid.
    Feb 13 2
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      So for (2) are u saying that I will be paid less no matter what skills I have or will have?
      Feb 13
    • Wayfair WNEm45
      Data science pays more than BI. It's usually less software engineering focused and more product management.
      Feb 13
  • Microsoft hotsteppa
    Where are you located?
    Feb 13 4
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      Boston
      Feb 13
    • Microsoft hotsteppa
      Used to work for a Boston based firm and was in your shoes. I am a PM at MSFT with years of experience and I say as long as you get into any of the big companies, you should have no problem fitting in, as long as you understand what you are working on, and try to dig in, if needed. I also don't code, but have a CS degree.
      Feb 13
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      Do u mind if I private message u for msft referral?
      Feb 14
    • Microsoft hotsteppa
      Sure thing. I'll gladly put one in for you
      Feb 14
  • Walmart.com fiVn5$!Br
    Is BI similar to analytics and/or data science?
    Feb 13 1
    • Humana goldN
      OP
      Yes. It’s similar. I have done more analytics lately and less BI
      Feb 13
  • Benefitfocus / Data
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    I’d suggest getting an actual career counselor instead of hitting up Blind. Some companies, like SoFi, even offer them for free if you are one of their customers.
    Feb 13 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Find companies where you can play the user role (say, BI software makers like Tableau, Domo or EDWs like Snowflake?) and apply for a non engineering role there
    Feb 13 0

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