Daily Productive Sharing 109 - How to Get a Job in a Different Field?

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不少量化基金喜欢招物理/数学系毕业的人才帮他们去构建算法,尽管这些人可能对金融/交易毫无了解。这是为什么呢?很大程度上是因为,这些人才既有缜密的逻辑思维,又能写一手代码。所以这样的职业转换也就顺理成章。当然如果你没有学物理/数学专业也没关系,说不定你已经掌握的技能也可以迁移到其他领域。今天的分享就列举了一些典型的技能转换,比如你擅长写作,那么就可以尝试 SEO (网站优化)或者 technical writing (技术文档写作);如果你会设计,也许可以试试插画,等等。所以当我们尝试转换职业的时候,可以多和身边的朋友聊聊,说不定他们能够发现我们的可迁移技能,帮助我们更好的定位自己。毕竟如何定位自己不是一件容易的事。

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While deep expertise in a given domain can lead to a successful career, it is also a more rigid approach which may limit the number of lateral opportunities.

The main advantage is that you are not starting from scratch: you can usually use some of the knowledge from your existing skills to acquire adjacent skills.

Instead of acquiring completely unrelated skills, developing adjacent skills is a way to complement what you already know.

Ideally, the new skill you choose to acquire should make you feel curious, feel relatively easy to acquire, and be useful in your current work environment.

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Adjacent skills: how to widen your career perspective

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Many quantitative funds like to recruit people with physics/math degrees to help them build their algorithms, even though these people may have no knowledge of finance/trading. Why is that? In large part because these people are logical thinkers who can also write code. So it's a logical career change.

Of course, if you didn't major in physics/mathematics, it's okay, you may have acquired skills that can be transferred to other fields. For example, if you are good at writing, you can try SEO (website optimization) or technical documentation writing; if you can design, you can try illustration, and so on. So when we try to change careers, we can talk to our friends around us, maybe they can find our transferable skills and help us better position ourselves. After all, how to position ourselves is not an easy task.

While deep expertise in a given domain can lead to a successful career, it is also a more rigid approach which may limit the number of lateral opportunities.

The main advantage is that you are not starting from scratch: you can usually use some of the knowledge from your existing skills to acquire adjacent skills.

Instead of acquiring completely unrelated skills, developing adjacent skills is a way to complement what you already know.

Ideally, the new skill you choose to acquire should make you feel curious, feel relatively easy to acquire, and be useful in your current work environment.

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Adjacent skills: how to widen your career perspective

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