How to make the leap from public to private sectors in tech

Maria Thorpe - Making the Leap from Public to Private Sectors


Join us on this episode of Spilling the T, as Maria Thorpe, Head of Data Science at 26, shares her journey of transitioning from the public sector to the private sector in the dynamic realm of technology.

Embarking on a career change, particularly one that leads from the structured world of public service to the fast-paced tech industry, is a daunting prospect for many.

Yet, it is a journey that is becoming increasingly common as professionals seek the innovation, speed, and opportunities of the private sector. In this podcast episode of Spilling The T, Maria Thorpe, the Head of Data Science at 26, outlines her personal voyage from academia to the forefront of the tech industry, offering a guiding light for others contemplating a similar transition.

Maria’s narrative is not merely an inspirational tale but a practical blueprint for public sector professionals. Her candid discussion on the challenges faced when transferring skills and language from the public to the private sector resonates with many who have struggled with the same transition. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing and valuing one’s transferable skills. This recognition is key in breaking through the jargon barrier and finding one’s niche in tech, irrespective of one’s background.

Moreover, Maria touches upon the essentiality of diversity in the tech industry and how it fuels innovation. She dispels the myth that technical prowess is the sole avenue to success in tech, instead championing the soft skills and problem-solving abilities that are increasingly recognized as invaluable. Her advice to women in the field is clear: do not underestimate the worth of your skills and experiences.

The episode wraps up with strategic insights for professionals aiming to enter the tech industry. It underscores the importance of leveraging networks and finding a supportive community. Maria recommends using recruitment consultants to navigate the job market and advises against underestimating one’s worth when applying for positions.


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