A Mid-Career Switch To Analytics

Career cruising

After working for ten years, most people have a clear idea of what they want to do in life. They are well-established in their careers, and understand what it takes to be at the top of their field. People at this stage of their careers are driven and motivated, and are constantly looking for ways to improve themselves and add value to their resumes.

By this time, employees have already paid their dues and risen through the ranks. They are in middle management and have increased responsibilities, which includes taking care of their teams and making sure they get the desired results.

However, some employees get frustrated and feel like they’re stagnating. They feel like their careers aren’t growing fast enough and want to know how they can take it to the next level.

Ashish Jain, a UNext alumnus says, “I realized that the challenges were disappearing. Work was becoming repetitive and mundane as I wasn’t learning anything new. I was interested in business and strategy but no path (seemed to) lead to those roles. I was stuck and didn’t know how to get out.”

Inflection points

There are inflection points that change the trajectory of a career path forever. Deciding to do an MBA, working for a start-up or shifting to a new city – these are forks in the path. The right decision can make the difference between going boom or bust.

One of the ways you can maximize returns from inflection points is by upgrading yourself. The more knowledge you have, the better you can do. Investing in yourself can produce the biggest ROI possible. Acquiring new skill sets can grow your rewards by several orders of magnitude.

Rachit Khanna, a Marketing Analyst at GE Capital says, “Through LinkedIn and other online networks, I actively sought out people with similar profiles – those who had worked for a few years after getting their engineering and MBA degrees. I discovered that many of them had taken their career to the next level by shifting to analytics. They were doing well in their jobs, and enjoyed their work. The demand for analysts was rising by the day. With further research, I figured out that this field was best suited to my profile and my interests.”

Setting Yourself Apart

As you scale up to the higher positions in an organization, the competition intensifies. The margin for error is slim. Your decisions become more and more critical. One misstep and you could lose your job – or worse, become obsolete. In this hyper-competitive environment, you need to be able to set yourself apart.

Needless to say, this is done by making better decisions, and data-driven decisions can help you add strategic value to your company.

Rajesh Murthy: a case study

Despite his initial growth Rajesh started feeling trapped and frustrated. Long workdays, dropping margins and high stress took their toll. After almost ten years of experience and no clear growth path, Rajesh decided to make the shift.

Wanting a recognized, application-oriented course, he tried out several options. With UNExt, he found exactly what he wanted – a course structure that allows students to learn at their own pace, in-depth coverage, strong fundamentals, and a strong connect to real life through case studies supplemented by live sessions. After his training he was confident and ready to make a shift, but still somewhat apprehensive. Changing his line of work was not going to be easy. UNext to the rescue! The organisation eased the transition by customizing his CV and highlighting his experience. Soon, he landed a job as a project manager in the analytics unit of the clinical operations team at Novartis.

The UNext advantage

The Internet has made learning analytics and data science easy. There are plenty of free and paid resources available for you to get started with analytics.

While you can learn the tools and knowledge anywhere, UNext is different. We believe that more than knowledge, the context is important. You need to know when and how to use the knowledge you have gained.

At UNext, we believe in solving business problems through contextual application of knowledge. We also go the extra mile to ensure that the transition from the classroom to the work place is as seamless as possible.

Join Rajesh and others like him and take the next step on your career path. Prepare yourself for a data-driven future.

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