What are some best hacks to switch careers?

Just saw this post on Quora. Reblogging it here in case the original post gets deleted.

Quite interesting advice, with a nice name of “monkey bar technique”.


My PhD advisor once gave me the advice to use the “monkey bar technique”.

If you have achieved success in field X, and want to move into field Y, then you really don’t want to have to go back down to the bottom again and have to work your way up. Instead, a better approach is often to use your skills in field X to get a job that allows you to build expertise in field Y.

Sometimes you might need to take several steps to get where you want, where in each step you use your current skills to get a job that allows you to build new skills. This is similar to the way a child moving across the monkey bars holds onto one bar while reaching out for the next one.

In my case, I started out with a PhD in programming language implementation, which led to a job as a research scientist at Intel where I learned about the web, which led to a job as a software engineer at Google where I learned about product design, which led to a job as a product manager at Google and then Quora.

Rob Ennals, Product Manager at Quora, Former PM at Google, Parent.

Source: https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-best-hacks-to-switch-careers

Students about to major in Biology / Lifescience, read this first

Many countries (including Singapore) promote Biology/Lifescience as a very good major with plenty of jobs after graduation. However, students may want to read some opinions from multiple sources to get a balanced viewpoint.

According to most of the answers, it is recommended that students truly love biology to pursue it in university. Also, many answers comment that a Bachelor Degree is usually insufficient for a good job in Biology/Life Science, and even people with advanced degrees can face problems finding relevant jobs.

Quora: https://www.quora.com/I-want-to-major-in-biology-Can-I-get-a-brutally-honest-opinion-on-this-major

You asked so I will give you an honest answer. I am a 64y old career biologist. I can speak freely. I could not with a clear conscience recommend biology as a career. It might sober you up that I got tenure one month after I turned 60y old. I am not being a snob. I am a first generation graduate. I do admit I have had a long and interesting career but at the cost of no wife, no children, no family and no job security before becoming too old for such domestic things.

  • One of the answers at Quora

College Students Career Guide

Just to share a career guide, for those students about to graduate. Hope it helps!

Launch Your Career with Salesforce Award-Winning Recruitment Programs for College Students

It is never too early to start building your career, especially if you have certain goals you intend to achieve by certain landmark years. It is therefore important to look for a place where you can feel challenged to grow in your career and as an individual in a stimulating and supportive environment. Well, the good news is that Salesforce has not only one but also two programs that you can plug into to get your career moving.

Award-winning recruitment

These are not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill types of college recruitment programs. Both programs have won the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads awards three times (2011, 2012 and 2014) and the Indiana Intern.net Employer of the Year award twice (2011 and 2012). However, what are these programs that I’m harping about here?

First, you have the Catapult Rotational Program. This is a summer internship for undergraduate and graduate students. How does it work?

  • You choose a track that you would like to receive training in; whether in Business, Technology or Consulting (your college degree should give you a hint here).

  • Then you rotate among three teams for three months each where you will develop your main professional skill along with obtaining valuable experience in related departments.

  • At the end of the nine months, you will be absorbed into a full-time, permanent position in your specific department, where you will enjoy all the benefits of being a full-time employee of the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud (there’s dental too)

The other program is the Slingshot Internship program,which also runs during the summer for graduates and undergraduates who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year in college. This offers a real-world feel of what you can expect in your field of expertise.

You will have the opportunity for some hands-on work like working on the Salesforce metadata api and you will be required to complete two projects worthy of being included in your resume within the stipulated time of internship. You get the opportunity to network with the executive team and shadow an individual in your preferred career.

It’s not all work though. There are social events and philanthropic outings plus you receive a house stipend and competitive pay for all your hard work.

Not a dull moment

Regardless of the program that you choose, you have a guarantee that no two days will be the same. These programs expose you to the reality of life in your chosen career and get you more than ready for what is to come. It is very high octane and you are going to love it!

How do I get in?

Application for the programs begin in August and as you can imagine they fill in quite quickly so it is advisable to keep tabs on when the application process opens so that you can get yours in as fast as you can.

As expected, there are also certain qualifications that you have to meet and you can take a look at them on their website or through their college recruitment program FutureForce which has accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

It is an overall excellent opportunity that you should certainly look into.

Author Bio

Brennan Booth is a careers blogger in the field of technology. She is trained as a software engineer with lots of experience in the industry. To read more about Salesforce metadata api click the link.