Where I’m at:
- 16 years of sales exp, 0 of which in tech
- Working on DataCamp to learn SQL and Tableau; enjoy the challenge.
- Just started exploring SF Trailhead, specifically an SF Admin trail.
- I’m trying to break into a remote position in tech, but I am unsure what route to take.
- Basically, I’m lost. I feel like I’m playing checkers while others are playing chess.

If you have experience working through a career change (in your early 30s) as you break into tech, I’d appreciate any tips.

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I work in tech (remote). When I hear SQL and Tableau, that screams Data Analyst. Learn a little PHP and maybe Power BI and you're well along your way to an entry level Data Analyst role. Outside of this, I always, always recommend learning API's well as well. If you were an API expert there is businesses out there that'd take a chance on you too.

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Thank you ! I will definitely check it out

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With all that sales experience it will honestly be tough to break into a tech role. Certifications are not worth much with zero experience. I'd say your best bet would be to focus on an area, seems you like data, and look for a presales solution engineer role with someone like datadog or Qualtrics. It's honestly a great mix of sales but also being the trusted tech advisor without having to be the on call guy trying to fix escalated overnight issues.

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Just with sql & Tableau, it will be hard to get a decent job. Add plsql and you can start as database developer. Or ETL tool like Informatica

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One more hint: Look up Data Analyst jobs and look at what they're "looking for" their candidates to have and start familiarizing yourself with some of those things. Obviously "must haves" are priority #1, but you'd be surprised at how well a little EQ and have 1 extra from a bonus list will get you in follow up interviews.

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Not sure about your comp range but you’d be able to leverage this for a business ops / sales ops / channel ops kind of role doing analytics

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I know AWS hires into roles like this but I think a lot of companies do too

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