Transition into tech

Ralph Lauren hgwN63
Oct 31 11 Comments

I’m a manager working for an apparel company kind of in IT. I say kind of because I am not technically IT, but my job has become 25% TPM, 25% implementation, 10% coder, 20% data analyst, 20% product manager. However, I work entirely with people who are not technical in the slighest.

I need to get out. It’s awful and I’m desperate.

But I feel like my resume, as a result, is all over the place. I know my next job needs to be in tech, but where in tech is proving difficult for me to work out.

Any thoughts on transitioning out of ecomm/fashion and into tech? Is that going to look like a huge jump to a hiring manager? What technical skills might I be lacking?

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  • Cisco 🐨 koala
    105%🧐
    Oct 31 1
    • Ralph Lauren hgwN63
      OP
      🤫
      Oct 31
  • strategy-and-action selby
    You sound like you have a great start for a project manager role. Associate project manager with a little bit of tech is good. Everything you listed is an aspect a good pm would be familiar with. check out the PMI and talk to some project mangers to figure out if it’s a role for you. Also note that you can be a pm in non tech companies and still manage tech (the adage that every company today is a tech company, is true).
    Oct 31 5
    • Ralph Lauren hgwN63
      OP
      This is true, I have considered the possibility that I may not need to work for a tech company. However I do feel like I’ve been burned a little by the company I’m with now. You would probably be shocked at just how resistant upper management is to implementing any modern tech solutions in 2019. It’s amazing that we still function. I don’t want to be in this position again so my next move does have to be somewhat strategic.
      Oct 31
    • strategy-and-action selby
      You sound smart and biased towards action. What do you think you should do?
      Oct 31
    • Ralph Lauren hgwN63
      OP
      I think I should manage projects for a living and tell people what to do in an environment where they might actually listen
      Oct 31
    • strategy-and-action selby
      Ok then you start with redoing your resume and applying to entry level project manager jobs and by reading pmp content.

      But I have to say that last part is almost never true and You will quickly realize your influence as a PM doesn’t come from authority or “telling them what to do” but from inspiring them with data and insights, aligning everyone even when they don’t want to, and giving them the space to do their best work. It’s is almost like a sales job in this way.
      Oct 31
    • Ralph Lauren hgwN63
      OP
      That’s a very good way of looking at it, thanks. Staying positive is the key. I am half joking when I say that I want people to do as I ask. I do, but I know that is not practical or, as you said, inspiring.
      Oct 31
  • Deloitte IVhsy625b
    I don't think it's a huge jump to go into tech consulting at a big 4 or other consulting firm that isn't FAANG/Microsoft. Most tech consulting roles that aren't implementation or at real tech companies are very soft-skills driven and you would probably be a good fit. If you want more software engineering I'd recommend a bootcamp cuz firms like Deloitte will try and keep you in management since you already have management exp
    Oct 31 0
  • Lyft nowallet
    Sounds like you’re giving 5% too much to the company.
    Oct 31 1
    • Ralph Lauren hgwN63
      OP
      😳 fine I’ll update the math 🙄
      Oct 31

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