I’ll start a kind of different thread here. Not sure how to call it just yet, but it’s somewhat personal.
Those on the community who know me probably know I’m a marketing professional. Well, for some time I’ve been a reluctant one. My current job is underwhelming to say the least, and job searching for my field in Montreal is gruesome. After a few years of knocking on doors which never opened, I got some inside information on the reality of the marketing profession here, and what was already a though in the back of my head started to become a will. And, as of this last Friday, it has become a path: I’m changing careers.
A little history: I started my career as a copywriter in 2003, when I was still studying for my bachelor’s degree. After five years as an advertiser, I saw the opportunity to make a slight career move and migrate to marketing. Now, I have a post-grad diploma in marketing and over 10 years of experience. Still, I’m stagnated at an entry-level position in a small non-profit without any perspective of growth. And to add offence to the injury, the workplace is not the best. So, a couple of years ago, after long talks with my wife and a few friends, I’ve decided to pursue what was always my second choice at university: computer science.
Of course, returning to the university to complete a full CS course would take a lot of time and money, so I had started a night school diploma on software development in 2017, while still working as a marketing professional and looking for job offers. But it was too slow too, and the workplace was getting even worse. A tip from a friend of my wife turned me into a new direction: a coding bootcamp. Last Friday I aced the entry exam and, coming April 1st - no joke - I’ll be embarking in a 11 week hyper-intensive course whose survivors get on the other end as competent web developers. I’m on paternal leave right now, and little does my boss know the organization has already seen my last day on that job.
It’s exciting and frightening. After nearly two decades dedicated to a field, I’ll abandon it. I want more financial stability, of course, but above all I want a healthier mind - I had a burnout on the beginning of 2018. I’m not as naïve as to think any career is without its challenges and stress, but from everything I’ve heard from friends in the field and from my wife - who works as a HR director at a tech company - software development matches my personality better than marketing does.
So, that’s it. I’m hoping that, by the end of the year, I’ll have completed an u-turn in my work life and will be headed for something different.
Has anyone here made such a career move? Any wisdom you wish to pass on?