Making data work for you!
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the anticipated job growth for data experts is 19% higher this year as compared to last year. All job functions: marketing, finance, strategy, digital, design, and entrepreneurship will require the use of data in the 21st century! According to research, top leading organisations offering the majority of data roles are – JPMorgan, Accenture, Microsoft, Adobe, and Flipkart. If you a student or young professional in any field, you must be well-equipped with data basics. It will help you do your job better and save time. Read the tips below to know how you can leverage data to increase your effectiveness!
- Research the right tools
Know the need of data usage your job demands before you chose the tool. Use all the basic excel functions such as data management, vlookup, pivot tables, and analytical formulae at your first job. Tools such as Tableau, Power BI are very useful when you want to grow in your career. It gives entry level talent an upper edge amongst the rest of the employees. Choose a tool that aligns with the objectives of your job profile.
- Tricks and tips to apply the tools
After researching on the tools required, it is imperative that you utilise the knowledge gained at your projects. The first step it to build your basic logic and analytical thinking which then feeds into tools. Look at different kinds of data, find loopholes, and conclude your insights. Work with data at your job to gain hands on experience, take up more data work than given to you, download data sets online and draw conclusions. Every business needs data; it mainly depends on your ability to manipulate and translate data into helpful insightful.
- Guidance on how to learn the tools
Many organisations train the employees on data and the tools required. You can also sign-up for relevant courses online and watch webinars and pre-recorded videos with an assignment. Ask help from your managers or colleagues to guide you at work. The best way to build on these skills is practice. You will make errors and it might take extra time but you will get hold of the processes, formulas, logic better.
If you are looking for advanced analytics and data science, sign up for topics such as machine learning, cognitive analytics, bots, Stata, R, conversational UIs, and more tools and technologies! Do not worry if you are not very savvy with the advance tools. Remove the fear of using excel and data by enjoying it as a fun learning process. Block a few hours every week to work on your skills and you will start seeing the changes. With the new year beginning, make a resolution to learn new skills!