Things move fast in the world of technology. What you specialized in a few years ago, may not be as relevant today. Which can be a real problem.
How do you not only stay relevant, but also be able to grow in your career if this happens? The answer is to change your career. Instead of doubling down on a career that you don’t feel good about any longer, you should look into going into a field that offers a brighter future.
The answer is Big Data. It is where everything is headed and that means the field needs more people to analyse the data. Becoming a data scientist or data analyst is a great way to break into a new field that is growing by leaps and bounds.
In this article, I will give you some tips on how to make this transition so you can enjoy the next chapter in your career.
1 – Find what interests you
The term data analyst, or even data scientist but to a lesser degree, can mean a variety of things. It is kind of an umbrella term that could be anything. Look specifically at the various positions that relate to Big Data and you will find that there are many different aspects of the job.
If you have a business background, maybe you would be great in Business Intelligence. Or, if you come from an insurance background then a Fraud/Risk Analyst could be the answer.
The point is that there are many different facets to how Big Data is being used so there are many different areas where you could focus to make yourself valuable as a specialist.
A good place to start is by talking to some consultancy services for data science and analytics.
2 – See if it’s a good fit
To get an idea of whether data science is going to be right for you, it’s possible to take a “test drive”.
What I mean by that is that you can create a project that relies on using data to make a workable solution to a problem. This will give you an insight into how the mindset will work within the job. If you find yourself bored or it seems like it isn’t what you thought it would be then it isn’t for you.
Instead, if the challenge is exactly what you were looking for then this may be a good fit. Ask your friends and family about a problem they may have that you think could be solved by an app that uses data to come up with a solution. It could be anything from an app that helps people pick a career that best suits them or the type of movies they will enjoy.
3 – Network
Now, you need to become involved in the community. Having a network of people will help you make the transition easier than if you just start applying for jobs.
If you are available to help others and then ask for help you will find people willing to give you a hand. It’s a two way street after all. But along the way they may refer you to a job or even hire you themselves if they feel you have what it takes.