Does anyone have any experience switching careers after working as an office manager? I am hoping to break into tech. Any advice?

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Hey! I got into HR for a tech consultancy from office management. A lot of basic project management skills comes from being organized, having great communication skills and stakeholder management. If you find a Jr role you can step up in, that’s the best way to start. Plus brushing up on some Udemy or LinkedIn courses or attending tech events helps too!

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Thanks for the advice! Are there any courses you think were the most helpful for your transition?

Someone at my agency did this. She was killer at her office management role, and after some years expressed interest in being a Project Manager, and eventually when a role opened up she got entry-level training internally (which basically never happens at my agency) and she successfully managed her career transition. (I suspect she might have been offered the lowest end of the pay scale tho.)

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Unless you’re wanting to go into programming, or project management, you won’t need to get certified or anything. There are a few tech roles hiring in my old company and they’d only care about your relevant skills (not industry). I can’t seem to find them now but there are a few reputable career coaches on LinkedIn that specialize in helping people switch into tech. Will update when I see them in my feed.

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I don’t know if you’re thinking of going the ops route, or product/design/UX, but if it’s the latter just don’t bother with General Assembly. These days it’s not worth the time or money (the coursework has gone way downhill) and speaking as someone who has been involved in plenty of interviews, it doesn’t make an impact as a value add in hiring decisions. Good luck with your career switch! 😃

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I’ve known a few people in reception/office front desk to go into other disciplines in the agency they worked for (one front desk person went into Analytics).

Are you able to do an informational interview with the relevant dept heads, see if you can sense if they’d consider taking you on, maybe splitting time?

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I used to be a Purchasing Manager for a biotech company and I’ll be transitioning to being a Facility Manager in 8 months. Try applying for a People Ops Specialist job. I mean their job is as straighforward as us, Office Managers.

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People reinvent themselves all the time. I went from being an office manager in publishing to a copywriter in advertising. Read every book you can, take classes, find mentors, and realize your work skills and life experience are an advantage over other entry level peeps who are just getting started. Focus on opportunities over money and enjoy the ride.

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