In the Tech sector, the COVID-19 virus has created an enormous demand for data analytics. Not so long ago most businesses sat on the bottom of a data maturity level. Happy with Excel spreadsheets, crosstab tables, pivot charts and the occasional bar chart. I had a CEO and his board highlighting numbers out of many hundreds for retrospective reviews.
Now data functions all over the world are being asked to perform deeper analysis. Use new technologies, be innovate and creative. And the shift wont go back, we have now seen a cultural change even across the most prolific of non-data users. Organisations want to forecast particularly in this market. Not only looking back. They want to understand patterns of behaviour not to mention the virus.
So what does this mean for you? If you’re looking to get into the data science scene then organisations need you now!
4 Steps to Get into Data Analytics
- Clear Career Vision – Get complete clarity on what excites you and what you are looking for.
- Research – Explore roles, job descriptions, speak to your network in the data scene (there maybe growth areas yet to be seen). What options best suit you? Do you love coding and want to look into machine learning. Do you have a passion for visualisations or dashboard displays? Are you an agile delivery manager? Do you love presenting results, analysing, reviewing, writing or research? Data strategy leadership?
- Gap Analysis – Review your skills against the roles. Be clear on your transferable skills and the gaps to fill.
- Action plan – Taking what you need to do to progress what are your the actionable steps you need to take. Which courses? What experience? What’s the next step?
I have a huge passion for data and believe that there are so many positive ways to implement these technologies. Without the work in data science, medical research would not advance, climate change would be an anomaly yet with it we can literally make decisions to change the world for the better.
Not sure if this is for you?
There are loads of ways to explore your options, from talking to others, to try it out by taking a course or sitting on a project. Sometimes it’s useful to get the bigger picture by hearing someone’s career history, which is why I’m creating the career spotlight interviews for the member’s area. If you’d like to learn more drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel motivated to take action then follow the steps above to get started. Any questions let me know.
To your successful career journey