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Switching roles

In the wave of the great resignation, make sure you’re on the right foot.


TJ Palanca


November 28, 2021

If you’re a data person looking to switch roles, make sure you have contributed significantly to your current company (milestones, not tasks). It’s not for the company - it’s to ensure that your opportunity set is much wider than the last time you were in the job market.

What are some examples?

  1. Started managing a small team (2-3 people), or moved to managing a much larger team.
  2. Moved in a direction of specialty or generalizable knowledge (ideally in the direction you’d prefer).
  3. Achieved indisputable/cognizable business impact through data.

If you’re able to accomplish these things, regardless of whether they were internally recognized through a promotion or other award, then your opportunity set will be much wider. There’s a significant weight (rightly or wrongly) attahced to “having done things before”.