Data Services/IT Qualified?

JetBlue / Eng anonymust
Dec 9, 2017 19 Comments

I've always worked on the business side (marketing, finance, sales analytics), but I'm mostly a light tech resource. I build analyses and reports and automate processes using SQL, BI Tools, and programming (mostly python and VBA). I have about ten years experience and have been an analytics manager for 2 years.

I'd like to break into IT and tech. I'm wondering what kind of jobs I'd be qualified for given my background and where I should look.

Edit: Any data engineers out there? Seems like an interesting position I might want to work towards.

Any insight you can share? Projects/responsibilities, skillset, experience, companies, salary?

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  • Intuit nilops
    You can be a data scientist, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, that’s the “new” career track for analysts. You’d need to study a lot but you have the mindset and experience to cut through the BS.

    Avoid going into a cost center (at all costs... ha ha)

    PM is gonna be a narrower path with less ambiguity but also fewer job opportunities.
    Dec 9, 2017 2
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Thank you! I've looked into this before. I think I have the data/tech/BI skillset, but the statistics and math side is challenging.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • Intuit nilops
      If you learn how to apply your skillset to a realtime streaming data platform, you can go into “data engineering” instead, which will be more lucrative initially than “junior data scientist” but with a lower ceiling.
      Dec 9, 2017
  • Workday HIO
    PM for BI tools company (Tableau, MSFT Power BI, etc.). Make sure you play around with different BI tools.
    Dec 9, 2017 1
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      I've used power BI, Spotfire, and TM1.

      I mostly use SQL/light programming to get and format specific information and BI tools to organize and visualize.

      SQL really enables you to get any information you need at granular or higher levels. So flexible. I can't praise it enough.
      Dec 9, 2017
  • AT&T / Ops
    DDM2K

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    You could be a DBA and enjoy a fully remote position
    Dec 9, 2017 1
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Thank you! Definitely something I will look into further!

      I've nearly always been on the SQL developer side, side from setting up and admining some smaller databases. Would be a new skillset to learn, but if love to start at a lower level, learn, and work my way up.
      Dec 9, 2017
  • Intuit nilops
    I am self taught and started with Excel/Access/Outlook as my tech stack — ask me about invoking shdocvw.dll from VBA before Selenium was a thing.

    Your mention of VBA caught my eye.

    My first programming job was 27k/yr and i am over 10x that 14 years later. My advice is geared towards trying to help you skip my “lost years” as a Java/.NET/PHP dev.
    Dec 9, 2017 7
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Thanks so much! Really great responses and community so far.

      I'm shocked how much I use VBA. So much demand and need automate Excel processes for myself and colleagues. Alot of programmers I know pick on it and me for using it so much, but it's so valuable for how simple it is and for what it can do for simple business processes.

      What do you do now and what skills would you advise focusing on do I don't get "lost"?
      Dec 9, 2017
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Also, any alternatives to VBA that accomplish the same thing as robustly?
      Dec 9, 2017
    • Intuit nilops
      Excel is still underrated, but you should learn how to pull data from web services both in Excel and in Google Sheets. Google is eating MSFT lunch a little here because you can go from google sheets into the GOogle Cloud ecosystem very easily.

      Your VBA knowledge drops into VB.NET very easily, and then you can work on C#.NET to earn more respect from your peers. I dunno if VB.NET is still a thing even, but you can use an older .NET runtime if you have to.

      Learn the VS Code application.

      Learn AWS Lambda and the Cloud9 IDE. This will accelerate you the most. Serverless tutorial should take 2 hours from nothing to hello world, if you are faster, great, if you are slower, practice makes perfect.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      I've already used C# and asp.net in some of my work!

      Haven't done much with Google sheets or AWS lambda though. Will check it out!
      Dec 9, 2017
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Took a look at lambda and I'm very intrigued.

      Genuinely curious, what are you using lambda for?

      Database triggered events? Application/website events?

      I could see it helping with some database related things in my work.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • Intuit nilops
      I am pushing Lambda for everything. My developer teammates love it and go on to evangelize for it themselves as well.

      I have some complex thoughts around productively scaling Lambda usage across companies with thousands of engineers — there are still some edge cases where stateful processing makes Lambda a bad fit, but IMO Lambda and similar technology is going to finally put PHP/Rails/django to bed.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Wow, so you're using it for full projects. I thought you may have only been using it for event driven things. I love the concept too. I'm looking for examples of use cases to help me fully wrap my head around it.
      Dec 9, 2017
  • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
    OP
    Any data engineers out there? Seems like an interesting position I might want to work towards. Any insight you can share?

    Projects/responsibilities, skillset, experience, companies, salary?
    Dec 9, 2017 2
    • Intuit nilops
      Ingest data at webscale (30k TPS minimum), shove it into HDFS/S3 and pipe that into Vertica/Redshift and then merge/enrich/data science/repeat.

      Or, ingest data into Kafka/Kinesis and fan it out into other Kafka/Kinesis clusters, add enrichments, feedback signals into decisions made in the customer facing product, rinse repeat.

      Can’t speak firsthand about CA/SV salaries but in Texas I made 125-140k/yr doing this type of work in ecommerce, social media analytics, and connected fitness.
      Dec 9, 2017
    • JetBlue / Eng anonymust
      OP
      Thank you! What's your background? Did you start at a lower level?
      Dec 9, 2017
  • Intuit nilops
    Blind UI is so bad. Lol
    Dec 9, 2017 0

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