Hey all, I'm a new grad Data Scientist and I've been working for my current employer for about 6 months now. It's a mid-sized company so I didn't get the chance to pick the team when I first joined. I realized not that long into the job that I don't want to stay on this team for the long term, and today I just heard the news about another team actively hiring for Data Scientists. But I'm not sure if I should pursue this opportunity for a few reasons:
Here are a few reasons why I want to transfer to the new team:
I really want to switch to a new environment but I feel like my chances aren't great. It would be great if folks could share their thoughts on:
Thanks in advance!
Your reasons for switching are well thought-out and reasonable.
A common failure mode here (especially for early-in-career folks) is the "grass is greener" phenomenon, where every team looks better compared to the team they're on now. This is not true, of course, since every job will have some minutiae or annoyances that you don't realize from the outside. But since you interned on the team you want to join, this should be less risky.
One variable here is around your performance in the first 6 months. You'll find that team switches (or other requests) become easier if you have a track record of success and people like to work with you. That's hard to do in 6 months, but it would help.
If all the signals are positive (and I'd also do a quick coffee chat with folks on the team you're targeting), then I'd bring this up with your manager. Phrase it like less of a question and more of "I really enjoyed working with you, but I've made this decision. How can I best help with the transition?"
I'm bullish on the idea of going to a team that best suits you! Some relevant discussion: