Since being furloughed in late March, I have taken it upon myself to take a deeper look into where I want my career path going. I updated my resume, reached out to a recruiter, and I am now midway through a 10 week certification course for Python programming. I am aware that a paycut will be in my future as I will likely have to start at an entry-level type position, but my question is how in the world do you get employers to take you seriously as a candidate? I would imagine it is difficult to switch careers without a pandemic occurring, so I'm trying not to feel defeated as I receive automated "we went with another candidate" emails again and again. Any advice?
(My particular switch is moving into a product analyst or data analyst position. I have a BBA in marketing (2012), where the positions I want to move into look for computer engineering, math, or stats as the major. My background is in buying/ planning for the retail industry.)