The best advice I would give someone looking to transition into tech:
Learn how to pitch your potential and invest in building relationships.
Last week, I celebrated my one-year mark at Unbounce. 💙 Before joining the marketing team, I had no prior experience in B2B marketing or Saas. I learned how to package my skill sets and uncover my unknowns by connecting with others to break into tech.
For those who are looking to start their transition, here are three of my biggest learnings:
✨1. Look for people who've already pivoted their marketing careers to your desired space and observe how they did it.
I recommend going through company pages to find employees with relevant job titles to narrow your search. Many people began their careers in totally different industries, and a few went through a transition similar to mine.
For example, I noticed project management is a transferrable skill that others have used to pivot into their desired space. The next step is to figure out how to highlight your own experiences to be relevant for the position. Make sure to have a list ready to pitch your potential!
✨2. Follow industry experts that post actionable content to help guide your process.
For me, it was Maya Grossman. I found her exercises transferrable and applicable without feeling overwhelmed. In my interview with Unbounce, I followed her recommendation in going beyond the job description to demonstrate my value for the role. To my surprise, it worked! 🙌🏼
✨3. Start building relationships with others in your desired industry.
As daunting as it may seem to reach out to people (especially as an introvert myself), I found this component making a massive impact to uncover my unknowns! 😅
Not everyone will reply, but all you need is to build a few valuable connections to learn more about their day-to-day and tailor your own experiences to be relevant to the industry.
As part of my reflection for the year, I'll share my experiences to pay it forward. A big thank you to my team at Unbounce for taking a chance on me! 🥳
That's all for now. Until next time! 👊