The switch from finance to tech was not instantaneous. There were quite a bit of extracurricular activities I had to do to make myself marketable in the industry.
I accomplished this with online classes. I used Udemy and Coursera. These are 2 of the most popular online classes that exist today. Personally, I liked Udemy more. However, Coursera has more merit to their classes because they are associated with multiple well known schools (MIT, Wharton,…). These are some of the classes I took on these online platforms: Fundamentals of Quantiative Analysis, Business Analysis Fundamentals, An Entire MBA in 1 Course, The Complete SQL Bootcamp, and Tableau 10 A-Z. Currently, I am taking 2 more. They are MySQL Advanced for Data Analytics and Business Intelligence and The Complete Python Bootcamp.
These classes helped open the doors to tech for me. They got my feet wet with different topics and experiences that I would soon encounter. In my opinion, each of them helped, and are helping me, in my career today.
However, it takes an enormous amount of effort to complete online classes. Life moves so fast. It takes unbelievable discipline. Can you allocate time daily, weekly, or every weekend to sit down, pay attention, and complete the classes? The only time I had to complete all the classes were weekends, after work, or before work. It’s possible to do, but you need to do it correctly and take precautions so you do not burn out. It is not about completing the class and just getting the certificate. It’s about learning the material and applying the skill in practice.
Applying skills is a whole other topic in itself. All you have to understand about it is that if you cannot appy the skill in practice in your current role at work, apply it anywhere and everywhere else you can. Create a Github account or another place to create your porfolio. Whatever you do, keep at it. Don’t let your skills get rusty after you complete a class. Practice on whatever you can.