In October of 2018, I made the switch out of finance to the tech industry. Prior to that I was a Wealth Management Advisor and Analyst. Now, I am a Data/Business Analyst at a SaaS (Software as a Service) company.
I was always curious about the tech industry and growing up in the Silicon Valley, it made some sense to venture into the industry. A main factor on making the switch was the difference in culture. People in tech just seemed to enjoy life. I’m not talking about the people only on top, but most of everyone, no matter the position. That appealed to me because this is unheard of in finance.
Tech is not easier than finance. If anything, I think it is harder. Do not get me wrong finance is difficult. From being accepted into a good school, to getting a great job, and the work after you get hired. However, I think because of the facts around finance, tech is more difficult. In tech, it is more about what you know compared to who you know. In finance and business, it is the opposite. Who you know, where you went to school, who your parents are, how much wealth is in your family, and what your parents do, have enormous impact on your success in finance. Those factors outweigh what you know.
I worked with many of these privileged kids in finance. The work ethic and hustle wasn’t there. These kids knew they had it made and their parents have bought them a spot in the big leagues. It was something I despised. People who have the intelligence and the work ethic deserved those spots, not the privileged kids.
This set me apart from many of those around me while I was at the firm. There was only a handful of us that got the job on our own merit.
Aside from the culture, I didn’t like the sales aspect of my role. I wanted a more analytical role, but I was not able to get that at the firm. In addition, I was always intrigued by tech and coding. I firmly believed things like Wealth Management can become obsolete because of technology.
I am still a firm believer that computer science, coding, and technology is the future. I wanted to learn more about this industry and what it has to offer. In October 2018, I made the leap and started a new career in the tech industry.