Career Advice for a Late Bloomer

The Trust for Public Land / Data BeanJuice
Sep 14, 2019 4 Comments

I write SQL queries for reports and use an arcane reporting tool called Jasper Studio, and some Tableau. I'm in NYC at a non profit with 83k TC/3 yoe. I'm also a teaching assistant at a data analytics/viz boot camp run by Trilogy education at Columbia - 13k TC. We cover basic Python, Pandas, databases, and basic Flask apps with JS visualization libraries.

Here's what I feel like is working against me:

- only solved a few easy on leetcode
- no math background
- age 38
- my career before getting into reporting was pretty non technical

Should I try for a better paying reporting or BI role? Or a data analyst role if that's possible without stats?
It feels like too big of a gap to grind leetcode and get a job as a data engineer but that would be my long term goal.

I'm not sure what to do but I need to make more money because my wife wants to have kids!


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TOP 4 Comments
  • Orbital Insight 3 1415926
    Always seek to grow. Leet code early and often. It’s NYC, if you’re not making 6 figures you should be figuring out how to... or move to Nashville
    Sep 14, 2019 1
    • The Trust for Public Land / Data BeanJuice
      True story. I feel like the teaching assistant job has helped my growth a bit but it's pretty basic material.
      Sep 14, 2019
  • New / Project

    New Project

    I think you should try to grow no matter what. Reporting and data science stills has room to grow. It would be nice if you can add python or c++ .
    Master Tableau and data visualization.
    Sep 14, 2019 0
  • TripAdvisor owlwise
    You don't need advanced stats for data entry. Just take an online course, you'l be done in 4 weeks with what you need to know
    Sep 14, 2019 0


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