Tell me about switching from a career in finance to a career in tech. Lots of special snowflake details inside.
For a long time, perhaps since I graduated from college six years ago, I have felt like I am on the wrong career path. I feel like the time has come where I really need to switch industries. My job is very demanding. My heart isn't in my work and I feel like I'm underperforming as a result. I've also had a difficult time dealing with the stress of the job and the work culture.
I work in finance in a fairly nontechnical role. However, I enjoy the technical aspect of things. My idea of a good time is reading Gilbert Strang's Introduction to Linear Algebra, Donald Knuth's Concrete Mathematics, etc.
One of my big regrets is that I never took much math in college. But I am a very independent person--a self-learner with a hacker's mindset, and I try to fill in the gaps where I need to. I self-taught Python and enjoy working on personal coding projects.
Right now I've been interested in learning more about machine learning
. In my spare time I've been taking the Coursera and EdX courses on machine learning. I've found this all to be very fascinating and it's got me pondering data science as a potential career. (Yes I realize that data science is an ill defined buzzword.)
General Assembly in NYC offers an 11-week Data Science program
that meets six hours a week. Students pick a research project and then present their projects at GA-hosted employer meet and greets after the course ends. The vast majority of students already have a technical background, although there also are some people in fields such as finance looking to make a career change. Admission is selective though, and there's no guarantee that I'd even be accepted, let alone have traction with the job hunt that follows.
I feel very lost. I've been referred to a career psychologist
(seriously.) by someone I trust and respect, so we'll see how that goes.
Going back to school is always an option, I suppose, but I don't know what I would study. I am skeptical of the value of getting something like an MS in Comp Sci as degrees such as these generally are more scholastic-focused rather than career-focused. Not to mention that I lack the prerequisites on paper. There's also the possibility of getting an MBA but I'm really against this due both to the cost but also the fact that I feel burnt out from business and don't feel like I would be interested in the types of jobs this degree might offer me.
And so I turn to you, hivemind. Please, help me.