Rather than a dodgy 'get-rich-quick scheme', a woman has revealed a sound way she managed to increase her salary from $28,000 (£24,000) to $158,000 (£137,000) in under four years. Watch below:
“I was working long hours, the job wasn’t very rewarding, and obviously, the pay wasn’t very great,” Charlotte said.
She decided to take a bit of a risk and apply for jobs that she wasn't fully qualified for.
Her logic was that if she could manage to work in a role which was manageable, she would use the learn-as-you-go approach.
“In 2018, I decided I’d had enough and started looking for jobs, even ones I wasn’t qualified for, and I ended up landing one of those – a data analytics associate at a consulting company,” she added.
After managing to take on a new $70k-a-year role (£61k), Charlotte opted to try the same method again.
She said: "I again applied for jobs I wasn’t qualified for and ended up landing a job as a data analyst at Comcast. This job paid $90,000 (£78,000) and the reason I got it was because I taught myself [Structured Query Language] over a matter of a couple weeks using a website called Khan Academy.
"During the interview process, I talked to them about the SQL projects I had done and they ended up offering me the position."
Before she knew it, just 18 months on, she was promoted to analyst manager and was earning a whopping $104,000 (£90,000) a year.
It gets better - one year after getting the promotion, she managed to secure a job at AT&T where she claims she was earning an eye-watering $158,000 (£137,000).
“A recruiter from AT&T reached out to me about a job that would pay $158,000,” she said.
“I went through the interview process and eventually got the offer in December 2021. This is all because I put myself out there and applied to jobs that I didn’t really feel like I was qualified for, but knew I could handle.
“And most importantly, I taught myself data analytics online.”
She concluded: “Any experience you have can be relevant experience. [You have to just] reframe your perspective.
“Almost anyone can break in; all you have to do is try to teach yourself the skills online. You can even do that for free.
“So many people I worked with don’t have degrees, don’t have previous experience in tech roles. They taught themselves the skills and broke in just like I did.”
Charlotte now runs a company named Break Into Tech which aims to help people get their dream role.
You can find out more about her free course in data analytics here.
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