Should I go to Grad School for Applied Econ? Or just focus on technical skills and pursue another job?

Hello everyone! Making a post as I’ve been unhappy in my current roles, and after switching to a similar job at another company I realized it’s the role itself. I currently work as a Product Manager within healthcare, and while I make decent money I dislike my job. The reason I don’t enjoy my job is as follows:

1. the meeting heavy nature of the role

2. I don’t enjoy feeling like a relay for technical teams

3. I don’t like that I can’t solve problems by myself

4. I don’t feel as if I get “better” at my job over time as there are no actionable career goals I can pursue.

5. Hate focusing on the political aspects of business

I participated in speech activities as a kid, and I realized what I enjoyed wasn’t just the communication piece but rather:

1. I like making predictions and strategies based on human behavior in systems

2. I like persuading people when I am the one doing the work being presented

3. I like the autonomy of research which covers a breadth of topics

4. I like for more academic study or reading of scholarship

5. I like mostly autonomous work with clear objectives

I have no interest in academia, so I’m uninterested in something like a PhD. I also have a degree in industrial engineering with a heavy focus on stats, but I haven’t done anything technical since I started my career. Hence why I think a masters in Applied econ (with a heavy stats focus) may help pivot my career back to something technical and open doors to more research heavy positions or think tanks. However I am skeptical about going back to school and I have a weak undergrad gpa, so I am wondering if it is possible to get these roles with certifications or other courses? Any advice? Anyone else been in a similar position?

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