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Transitioning Careers During A Family Leave

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I think it is all possible as long as you set your mind to it!I took a leave after I had my son, it's already been almost 5 years that I am home. I had a marketing career and I knew that I didn't want to do it anymore. I also wanted to transition to tech. It was very hard rising my son alone, with no family around for help, no babysitters or any sort of help and my husband working extra hours, so that he could provide for our family. I love my son more than anything but he wasn't an easy baby and toddler - he was a really bad sleeper, a real stubborn, extremely active, getting bored easily and fast with every activity, so I put all my attention on him. Only after he turned 3, it felt a bit easier, so I was able to start researching bootcamps and take some online classes. I took some online QA classes, some SQL classes, I also did a part time front-end web development program (onsite), sponsored by Google. After all these and doing some research I knew for sure that I didn't' want to be strictly a programmer, it just wasn't for me. So I went for Cybersecurity, applied and got admitted into a very selective bootcamp, went through 4 extremely intense months of studying and now I am on the job market. That's what happened to me! Everyone is different though, your story may be totally different depending on what you want/like and so on...My advice to you is to start researching what you want to do exactly - yes you do want to transition to tech but do you want to be a product manager, a coder, data analyst, help desk, cybersecurity analyst, digital marketer for tech - what excites you?Start going to tech meetups and talk to people there, reach out to friends/acquaintances in tech and go for coffee chats to talk about their profession. Take some online classes (Udemy) before you commit to a bootcamp, make sure you are taking the right step and choosing the right niche! Read articles, attend conferences, chat to people on LinkedIn who work for a dream company of yours... do it all, be active! Do an internship, as you suggested, that will be a great way of getting your hands dirty and finding out if you like being a product manager or anything else...Doing all this will help you figure out a path to follow and if you ultimately decide to do a bootcamp then go for it, buckle up for an intense experience!It is all possible!
lilianboukheir's profile thumbnail
Stani- what an AMAZING response to my question! I think you have some excellent suggestions.
stani85's profile thumbnail
Lol...sorry for one of these emoji, I am on my cell and it's hard to select the right one, tried to delete it but I can't, I'm so embarrassed now 🙄I'm glad my advice was helpful!
lilianboukheir's profile thumbnail
lol too funny