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Old 30-08-2020, 11:15 PM   #1
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Dilemma regarding possible career switch

Hi everyone. I am currently facing a dilemma in regards to my long term career goals. So here's a little bit about myself:

I graduated with a Materials Engineering degree from NTU last year, and am currently working in the semiconductor manufacturing industry as a process engineer dealing in electrical testing where i have been working for around 6 months now. Recently, i have realised that this industry is actually not something i am fond of pursuing in the long run, and that's why i have been thinking really hard over this pandemic period about what do i truly want out of my career. So as such, i have actually considered possible career paths based on my interests on what i truly want out of my long-term career goals:

1. Environmental Sustainability/management related field ( am considering pursuing masters from local universities such as NUS Msc in Environmental management which is the closest to this, but seems they require working experience / background in environmental-related fields). Personally, i am actually more inclined towards helping organizations in analyzing, researching and providing consultancy/guidance in improving their sustainability practices( here's a JD example of what i feel i would enjoy doing: https://eygbl.referrals.selectminds....aduates-135362), but i know such jobs are scarce and extremely competitive here in SG.

2. Transition into data analyst / analytics field (I do kind of enjoy performing data analysis in general, its just that i do not enjoy doing it in the electronics manufacturing industry which i am currently in), as i actually enjoy the process of using mathematical concepts such as statistics and probability to analyze data sets and trends. Programming knowledge wise, i do have the foundation on the basic concepts, will just need to upgrade myself on this aspect if i do wish to jump into this field.

Any advice from forumers here will be appreciated, be it personal experience or anything else. Nonetheless, i am planning to at least hold it out through this year minimally through this tough COVID period in my current role so as to gain some working experience first before deciding on my next path.
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Old 30-08-2020, 11:21 PM   #2
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go for option 1,imho.

data science field is overly satured already. so many people are taking up just because it is the in thing now. are there really that much jobs for everyone?
have u look at linkedin for the num of applicants for a data analyst/scientist? last i look at was around 500-600 for just one job posting.
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Old 31-08-2020, 07:50 AM   #3
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I concur with darkelf. At the rate that everyone is talking about data analytics, sooner or later, it will be taken over by bots that can do it automatically or part of the standard package.

The challenge you face about environmental science is that most Singapore companies or Singaporean do not really care about environmental issues unless it is mandate by the SG government. Even at home, do we really care about environmental issues? Once you chuck your so call rubbish into the chute, your job is done. Do you actually separate out the plastics, looking at the plastics to see if they are recyable? If it is so difficult to implement at grassroots level some sort of environmental responsiblity, what makes you think it can be on a macro level?

My advice, you are only there for 6 months, soldier on for awhile and see where the trend is heading. You tell me, in times of Covid19, do you really really think companies care about environmental issues?
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:44 AM   #4
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I agree that Data Analytics job is hard to get.

It is virtually impossible to get a job in Data Analytics field as the competition is really great. In some cases, the job requirements are generally quite easily filled up by someone that are fresh.

But I think one can stand out from the rest by having relevant domain related experience which are valuable.

go for option 1,imho.

data science field is overly satured already. so many people are taking up just because it is the in thing now. are there really that much jobs for everyone?
have u look at linkedin for the num of applicants for a data analyst/scientist? last i look at was around 500-600 for just one job posting.
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