I’m a data engineer/engineering manager by trade and massively screwed up by going into MBB consulting, I absolutely despise it and am looking to leave about 8 months in. I have a great offer from a fortune 50 for product management in tech at a similar salary, way more RSU’s but can’t shake off the thought that I wouldn’t be an engineer anymore. Any advice from you guys to help get past my anxiety and just pull the trigger?

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Keep yourself involved in technical decisions and understand how solutions are architected. You can also keep your scripting skills sharp by doing analytics on your product with whatever your language of choice is. As long as you understand how to build things for scale, you should be fine

At a certain point engineering managers aren’t coding all the time either. The bigger thing to look out for is how talented your engineering team is and how technical and data-driven the rest of the product org is

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I second that. I use Python or R at any given chance even when I could use something more basic

Well, my thought is that you are already no longer an engineer at MBB. At least in the product role you’ll be one step closer to the engineering side. Some day you’ll eventually have to step outside of the technical hands on role anyways. I’m going to give consulting another 1.5-2 yrs and then I’m headed in the same direction.

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You can always pivot back to engineer if you find this new path doesn’t work either. I’ve seen people move between different career paths especially since much like you, they already had the experience. Being a PM may help you be a better engineer down the line if you choose to go back and vice versa. As a PM you will still be building a product, you’ll just be involved in the bigger picture which personally is my favourite part about the job. Good luck!

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Same boat, sitting on an offer because I am kinda scared of losing my technical skills by going into PM

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Just do it. You can leverage your engineering experience.

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