Learning data skills can change your life and open doors to a variety of career paths that you may not have considered before. From a data scientist or engineer to a business intelligence analyst, there is a range of jobs that require strong data skills.  

The responsibilities within data roles vary however whether you want to be a data scientist or a data engineer, here are 5 things to know before pursuing a career in data:

1)      It’s fast-paced

The data industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving with regular advancements being made. Businesses of all sizes are facing a digital transformation and need data professionals to influence strategic decisions and add value to the business. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy learning new skills, you’ll be well-suited to a career in data.

2)      You don’t need a degree

Many people think you need a degree in computer science, maths or a similar subject to pursue a career in data but you don’t. There are plenty of data professionals who are self-taught or have enrolled on a course to give them the skills necessary to gain an entry-level job. As we touched upon in the first point, it’s a fast-paced industry so often data professionals will learn on the job to ensure their skills remain up-to-date.

3)      You need to enjoy problem-solving and be a self-starter

Problem-solving will be a crucial part of your data career, so you can’t be afraid of tackling problems head-on. It’s impossible to know everything about data therefore being happy to dig deeper into the issue and come up with a solution is essential.

4)      Communication is as important as numbers

It goes without saying that if you want a career in data then it’s important that you like working with numbers. However, communication is just as important. Data professionals are tasked with analysing and visualising data, presenting these to their team and communicating the significance of their findings to their non-technical colleagues, so strong communication skills are key.

5)      Build a portfolio

Most employers want to see that you have the skills needed to excel in the role, not that you can remember the information you’ve read in a textbook. A portfolio is a great way of showing your future boss your capabilities and using the evidence to prove that you’re the solution to their problem.

Data professionals are in high demand across all sectors and this trend is set to continue in the coming years. Our Data Academy is designed to help businesses fill their skill-gaps by ensuring our graduates’ skill-sets meet real-world requirements, setting them up for a successful career in data. By the end of the seven-week programme, you will have covered a range of modules including Python, R, machine learning, data visualisation, SQL and Big Data. As well as understanding the theory behind these modules, you’ll also have the chance to put them to the test and build your portfolio through the home-learning tasks.

If you’d like to find out more about the skills you’ll learn during the Data Academy and how they can set you up for your first career in data, visit our website.