Have a phone interview today. If this plays out I’ll be making a move from pharmaceuticals to finance/economics. I’m reading up on some of the statistical software and programming interfaces used in that field. They were looking for someone who knows all this stuff. I knew about half of what they were looking for. But I knew nothing of pharma’s complex software tools upon starting my previous job, and understood their programming interfaces pretty well by the end. What intrigues me about this lead is that I would learn a lot of new and valuable skills, and it would get me doing work pretty similar to what I had previously done, just in a different context.
At least I think. Part of the interview is to understand the job better, and see if there’s a fit.
UPDATE: Phone interview went pretty well. The job is different than I thought but still interesting. It’s a pay cut, but I was taking a risk premium from the previous company, because they needed to keep me through periods of great uncertainty. I kind of knew I’d have a tough time maintaining my salary in the kind of environment I’d like to work.