I have a simple question I haven't been able to find much advice on.
Imagine I want to switch careers or roles within my sector as an experienced professional. There's a big overlap between the educational backgrounds for the careers or roles: people with the same degree out of college can initially easily go into both careers at entry level. I have a lot of transferable skills, acquired relevant, reputable education and provably possess the ability to quickly learn what I need on the job.
Is it then OK or productive to apply to positions in the new role with a seniority level closer to my level of seniority in my current role? Or is the expectation of hiring managers typically that career switchers should start from scratch in a junior/entry level position? The big assumption here is that I could do the other role at (almost) the same level of seniority as my current role, because, whether evident or not to the hiring manager, there is a lot of overlap in knowledge, attitudes and skills between the roles.
I am specifically dealing with this conundrum in the IT/software development sector, contemplating switching from software engineering to data engineering having completed a master's in AI and big data.
I appreciate your thoughts and input.