Session: From Physics to Software Engineering – building a non-traditional career path
Many with a STEM background have transitioned into tech with ease. Although this career progression has been well covered, every story is unique. Having studied Physics and interning in research laboratories across the UK, I was steadfast in a career as an experimental scientist. Taking a computational physics module during my undergrad exposed a technology I could utilise to help me problem solve quicker and more eloquently. But how could I get involved in this new area of interest? What experiences could I explore to help me develop both the soft and hard skills needed to succeed in a technology role? How could I marry both of my interests into a new career?
- You do not need a vast amount of experience to change your career path.
- You never truly start at the bottom, there are always transferable skills you have gained from past experiences (although you may need to dig deep)
- You need to be committed to learning constantly, and not necessarily from traditional sources like books and podcasts.
- Imagination is more important than knowledge (in the words of Einstein). Your dreams force you to develop new skills.
Anasthasia is a Python Software Engineer at QuantumBlack with Master degrees in both Physics and Artificial intelligence. Prior to joining QuantumBlack, Anasthasia worked as a Full Stack Engineer at JP Morgan Chase involved in API development and middleware management of internal cloud native applications.