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Why Every Large Company is Soon Going to Need Data Science Experts

Why Every Large Company is Soon Going to Need Data Science Experts

Picture this.
You’re late for work and hungry too. You quickly enter a fast food joint and wait in the long queue for your turn. You wish there was a quicker service where your choice would pop up automatically on a system and you could shop based on your past purchase data.

Sounds good?

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Well, it may not be at your nearest fast food joint right now, but companies like Amazon are tracking your past purchase data and giving you recommendations, which speeds up the process and makes your experience easier, smoother, and hassle-free.

Wonder how this is done? With the help of data science.

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Data science

Data science tracks millions of data sets and provides concrete information for organisations looking to derive useful insights from their data to be used at all levels of the organisation. Not only are companies like Amazon and Uber investing heavily to make the user experience delightful for everyone – they are also willing to pay through the nose for good data scientists who can make this a reality.

So, if you’re really looking to get into data science, you would need to upgrade your software skills and assess which role would be most suitable for you. A data scientist certification can greatly enhance your career prospects in this field. You’ll want to get a focused education to get in on this career opportunity. Getting your data scientist certification and R certification will be essential for this role in the future.

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The Verdict

It’s a fast-growing profession, but the right training and guidance are necessary to get a great head-start in the field. Pick one role that would help establish your career in data science and work towards improving your knowledge over a period of time.

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    Last Updated on November 19, 2018

    How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

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    I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

    Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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    1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

    A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

    2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

    Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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    3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

    One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

    4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

    On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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    5. Failure is often the best way to learn

    I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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