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What can I do to get assigned to another project quickly?

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Mid-Level Software Engineer at Taro Communitya month ago

Hello everyone. I work for a consulting company.

My last project finished 2 months ago and I've not been able to find another project within my employer's clients.

People in charge assigning projects asked me if I have experience in a specific set of technologies but they are mostly related to data engineering or AI/ML and I'm a backend developer.

How can I increase the chances to find a project. I don't want to be laid off.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a month ago

    Take the initiative! If you are lacking certain skills to get put on new projects, build up those skills. This can be done with side projects, and Taro has a lot of onramps for the specifics you mentioned as well:

    Since you're unassigned, I imagine you have a lot of free time to do this "extracurricular" learning.

    On top of that, I recommend just building up the relationship with your bosses so they'll believe you when you say that you can learn quickly: [Masterclass] How To Build Deep Relationships Quickly In Tech

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    Eng @ Taro
    a month ago

    People in charge assigning projects asked me if I have experience in a specific set of technologies but they are mostly related to data engineering or AI/ML and I'm a backend developer.

    I don't have experience with working at a consulting company, but there's a similar underlying job searching theme of "how do I get hired at a company if I don't have the required experience".

    I would try to position your experience in a way where you are either 1. a generalist SWE whose experience can transfer to either domain or 2. you are willing to learn about either the data or AI/ML domain during the project.

    In the meantime, you find out more about how to get started in data engineerings or AI/ML engineering like @Alex mentioned above.