Career advice

Aug 7, 2018 11 Comments

I have 2 years experience in analytics consulting and a masters in analytics. After graduating masters, I accepted an offer but in the last 2 years I haven't used any python/r/ml. No statistics was required as well.

I badly want to make a switch now. What is the best way to market myself? I want to move into technical side.

TIA

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    JimWatson

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    Try out sql interview questions related to joins / window functions and self join . Become expert in these . Download SQLite and play around with the data .
    Aug 7, 20181
    • OP
      Thanks for your advice. I will keep this in mind
      Aug 7, 2018
  • Uber Unibagel
    I’d say joining a startup is your best bet, though you need one that’s stable enough so you don’t lose your h1 status. I think it’s a mistake to obsess over learning a specific technology, you might end up syncing months into something without knowing what’s needed in the market. working on a real project with a team will make the real difference and will give you the confidence to perform well in interviews. So I’d say if you can find a company to let you do a 3-6 month project in a team, that will give you the boost you need.

    And yes, a lot of companies may grill you on whatever tech they’re using, but starting to learn each one will be a huge waste of time. When you work on an actual project you’ll naturally be pushed to learn the really critical pieces. This advice is intended for software engineering, not sure about data analytics.
    Aug 7, 20180
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    Where are you based and what comp are you expecting?
    Aug 7, 20181
    • OP
      I'm based in Texas and making a little over 100. I've been looking in Seattle and bay area but in addition to 'should be expert level in <every technology I can think of>' my h1b limits my options. After trying for a few months. I thought I'll seek advice here since maybe I am not selling myself well.
      Aug 7, 2018
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    JimWatson

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    Join startup and don’t care about money
    Aug 7, 20181
    • OP
      Thanks! But all the job descriptions I see ask for expertise in multiple technologies.. I am okay with starting afresh. But the biggest barrier is people asking expert level questions in Interviews..example..ive been using sql since 7 years.. But I've always been In Healthcare.. And the data I've worked with is pretty clean and analysis is standard.. I've never had to do window functions etc. No matter how much theory I read.. It won't give me practical experience to get through interviews
      Aug 7, 2018
  • Uber zzZzzo
    You could first switch into an intermediate role like a data analyst or product analyst, and then switch into even more technical roles like data science later.
    Aug 9, 20180
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    JimWatson

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    Or if u wanna throw some money join some data science boot camp . They help in getting you a job too
    Aug 7, 20180
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    Start learning python ( pandas / scikit learn ) . Do easy kaggle project like titanic . Compare ur solution with expert solutions
    Aug 7, 20180
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    Sql is easy ! U need to practice 20-30 medium and high difficulty questions
    Aug 7, 20180

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