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|How To Become A Data Analyst In 5-months by justli: 7:42am On Jul 12|
If you're like most people with interest in data science, you may have tried to google, “what do I need to learn to become a data scientist?” Well, good luck with that.
I'm sure that one search dashed your hope or at least dampened your initial excitement. The list of all the things you need to learn to become a data scientist would get even the most determined individual doubtful. The list of prerequisite knowledge goes something like this:
Probability and Statistical Analysis
Programming knowledge, preferably Python or R
Linear algebra – emphasis on vectors and matrices
Calculus – both differential and integral
Then the technologies
The breadth of knowledge is just so overwhelming you're probably thinking, boy which year am I going to finish learning all these, before I start scouting for job.
Honestly speaking you don't need all of what you saw up there to get started as a data analyst, at least not in Nigeria. I'll show you the three most important things you need to know and you can learn them in just 4 months to become a data analyst. Forget about all the fancy words and the fluffs, let's focus for once on what the employer wants from you.
In Nigeria, the duty of a junior data analyst doesn't require that you're able to write some fancy high tech machine learning and deep learning algorithms. No, you don't need that. Most employers in Nigeria don't have a need for that and in any case, companies who would need such algorithm already have senior data analysts who are paid above #500,000 that could handle such task. You, on the other hand just want a beginner position with pay range between #150,000 - #250,000, why should anyone labour you with a PhD level task?.
What Employers Want From You:
First, potential employers would want that you're able to collect and clean up data. Here I'm not talking of data mining, that's above you. You just need to be able to gather the different internally generated data by your employer, format them properly, and feed them into your employer's preferred data analytics tool.
To learn this important skills, you only need to become proficient in Microsoft Excel and SQL. Well, you can't be seriously looking for job as a data analyst without a good knowledge of Microsoft Excel. But again, the good news is if you are serious, you can learn enough of Excel to gain confidence in 3-weeks. Once you get the hang of the software, it becomes easy. You can always google your way through any challenging task. That, by the way, is a life-skills to acquire. The solution to virtually every challenge you'll encounter as a junior data analyst, is somewhere on the internet. You just have to learn to use the internet and Google properly.
Contact me for a link to a crash course on Excel. Or if you are into MOOC, Edx.org has some great excel tutorials. Just google : “edx excel courses”.
Of the three skills you will need to learn to land a beginner job as a data analyst, SQL is probably the most challenging. Just to give you an idea of how difficult it is, any serious person can learn SQL in 2 months, take it or leave it. I learnt MySQL in less than 2-month. To deepen my understanding, I spent the next one month solving task on leetcode.com and hackerrank. Whatever path you take, I really recommend you spend some time on hackerrank. They have an amazing collection of challenges that will force you to take your SQL skills to the next level.
There are lots of free resources online that can teach you SQL like:
You should also check out MikeDane's free mysql course on mikedane.com. I totally recommend that. His course gave me the easy and quick introduction I needed to get started with SQL. If you still want something tailored,a that's going to get you job ready in less than 2-months, reach me on whatsapp
Your second task as a data analyst, is developing the ability to draw up insight from data. As a data analyst, you need to have a problem-solving mentality. That's why you're being paid. Your employer hopes to see some flashes of brilliance occasionally from you. You play with data, you spot trends that could help cut cost, improve sales or management efficiency, then you become indispensable.
The only way you can effectively pull out meaningful insights from data is when you are genuinely interested in your employer's business. As a data analyst, you're not an outsider in the company, you're a part of the strategic decision making. So, you're always thinking of the customer, always thinking of the product, and management efficiency.
And to be able to play with data and spot trends, you only need to learn Excel, Mysql and Tableau. Later when you secure a job as a junior data analyst, you can learn SAS and Hadoop for big data analysis. That brings us to the third skills you need to have to be job ready.
The third skills you need is the ability to communicate your findings in a visually appealing and orally compelling manner. Your superior is probably non techy and certainly don't have time to waste, so your data visualization skills have to be good, and the good news is you can learn that in 5-weeks.
Companies want someone who can help them present data in a fancy way, just like you see with BudgIT.
To acquire all you need to do great data visualization, you need to learn Tableau – it's the no.1 data visualization software, and it is free. 90% of tableau is quite intuitive and easy to understand. And that 90% is what you need to master, to do great visuals. If you can put in 5-hour everyday for one to two months, that's all you need. Master that software and you're ready for job.
Again contact me for a free Tableau course.
So, may be you just graduated university or you're thinking of switching profession, instead of spending the next one to two years trying to acquire the backlog of skills needed to be a Kaggle level data scientist, spend the next 4 to 5 months, acquire these three skills, change your resume and get a job as a data analyst. (If you need help with getting job as a data analyst, message me on whatsapp). Once you are in the job, you can spend your free time learning programming, mathematics, statistics and other technologies needed for senior level data analytics.
If you're ready to put in the work, I provide an immersive one month FREE coaching.
CALL NOW: 08180905003
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|Re: How To Become A Data Analyst In 5-months by justli: 10:22am On Jul 12|
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|Re: How To Become A Data Analyst In 5-months by Emmitex(m): 11:42am On Jul 12|
Thanks a lot for this timely information. I so much appreciate it.
I am interested and ready to start the learning.
I'll really appreciate your assistance and guidance in learning data science starting from this data analysis.
|Re: How To Become A Data Analyst In 5-months by justli: 1:30pm On Jul 12|
It's going to be a pleasure. Send me a message on
|Re: How To Become A Data Analyst In 5-months by Emmitex(m): 1:33pm On Jul 12|
Which is your phone number? Is it 0818090500(4) as in your signature or 0818090500(3) as in your post.
|Re: How To Become A Data Analyst In 5-months by justli: 3:04pm On Jul 12|
A million thanks. I didn't realize my signature contact was wrong.
Pls use: 08180905003
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