Need some career advise for 25 y/o... Recently got an offer from a martech startup (~5 years). I really like what they do and would love working on their products. But I dont know if this is the right time to switch careers. My current position has great work/life balance and I enjoy the work but there is no long term growth for data science in agencies and we are on reduced salaries till 2021. The new position would pay better and be more rewarding but the financial security. Any thoughts????

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Always chase learning opportunities. Financial security is an illusion; companies can’t even guarantee their own existence. Remain competitive by cultivating a toolbox of skills and experiences that is unique to you and you only. You’ll be rewarded for following your values.

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Do you have a family to support? Loans? Commitments?

If not, ride the wave, young one. Live wild when you're young.

I'm a data scientist too, but I've evolved from data science to leadership position and I think it suites me more.

Imo, data science anywhere doesn't really have a future... actually, any title doesn't have a future anywhere. Project manager. Product manager. Anything, you name it... it won't have a future because in the future, everything will change. It will change so fast you will not see it coming.

Go where you have the opportunity to change with the times.

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This may not be the best advice to give to a data scientist... but sometimes you have to follow your gut.

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I have 2 failed start ups on my resume and they've been great conversation starters with potential employers. I say do it. Better to try and fail than not try at all. You can learn from failure not inaction.

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I would do it! You are young and it will only help you, the more varied the experience the better, it will give you more perspective on your career. Being a data scientist can lead to many different career paths in all types of industries.

But don’t be surprised this martech start up will fail aka run out of money or get quickly snatched up and you become redundant. With that said start ups are all about growth. You must create a differentiator in terms of tech and product. Just because something is cool and good doesn’t mean clients will buy it or find it truly useful and there is a market for it. I’ve seen many tech companies and martech and adtech come and go with products the owners think is cool but is actually truly not useful.

So my advice is to make sure you are helping to create something not “cool” but truly has a market purpose and differentiation.

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