A Post By: Gary Ernest Davis
Eric Cai (@chemstateric on Twitter) has an interesting post, Opening Doors In Your Job Search With Statistics & Data Analysis, on the Simon Fraser University website, where he was a former Career Peer Educator.
“To those who may be new to data analysis, statistics, or computer programming for statistics, I can tell you three things from my experience:
• Learning these skills can be very difficult and intimidating, especially at the beginning
• These skills require hard work to learn, especially the more advanced topics
• Acquiring these new skills is very rewarding, both intellectually and professionally“
To a data analyst beginner, someone starting on a path to data science, these words might seem intimidating. However, I believe they are empowering, because of their focus on reality and their message of hope. Eric is realistic that getting on top of data analysis and statistical ideas and techniques takes time and effort: it really does. The upside however is the empowerment that learning each new idea and technique brings, and with that empowerment comes increasing job opportunities.
Learning and mastering new skills as a beginning data analyst – or indeed, at any stage of a data scientist career – is vital, and incredibly rewarding.
Check out this skills page for a discussion and advice on relevant and empowering data science skills … and be sure to read the Ultimate Skills Checklist for Your First Data Analyst Job