Data Analytics Careers Summit

At the beginning of the year, I participated in a panel discussion about my job in data analytics at my alma mater, Beloit College. Every student I spoke with had the same question: How do I prepare myself to get a job in data analytics? 

There isn’t just one thing you can do to prepare yourself, but a lot of little things and dedicated effort. SQL and python skills, courses in business and computer science, projects and internships, along with networking, are all valuable components that would make students stand out during the hiring process.

What struck me most, though, was that students didn’t seem to realize the variety of roles in the data space and how a technical degree isn’t necessarily a requirement. Dustin Schimek and I want to correct misconceptions around who is well-suited for the data analytics field and give practical advice based on… you guessed it, data.

The Survey

We have surveyed over 200 data professionals on their careers, how they got their start, and the skills they use most. We are summarizing the results into meaningful takeaways, such as:

  • Most common entry-leave role
  • Most valuable skills (because as cool as Keras is, it isn’t required for an entry-level job)
  • Whether a graduate degree is necessary
  • What roles are next on the career ladder
  • Advice from people who have done the job

The Event

We plan on sharing everything we have learned at an event scheduled for Friday, August 12th. But, we didn't stop there! We decided to organize a series of panel discussions as well, to speak to the various experiences in the data analytics field. Below is a summary, but you can find more information on each of our speakers, on the Data Careers Summit website.

Introduction & Opening Keynote

We will open with a story about the experiences that led us to arranging the survey and event. Then, we have a special guest (to be announced) who will speak to the power of data analytics.

Hot Trends in Analytics Education & Training

Formal education is valuable, and sometimes required, but more and more data skills are learned through experience and training. We've assembled a group of individuals who can speak to the various ways to gain the relevant skills needed for a job in the data analytics field.

Best Practices for Getting Started in a New Role

Once you land the job, it's time to come up to speed quickly and make an impact. The panelists in this session have done just that multiple times and have advice to share. They have even helped onboard and coach those new to the field.

Story Time! Hear the Career Paths of 3 Analytics Professionals

Everyone's path is unique, and people come to the data analytics field in a myriad of ways. We want to showcase the varied backgrounds that make up leaders in the analytics space. Come learn about 3 of those experiences, one of which is Kinga. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming days.

The Path to Success

In the last session we will share our findings from the survey and the most recent Data Jobs Report. If this event sounds exciting and impactful, we encourage you to sign up below and share with others.