When you’re trying to get a job in a new industry–whether you’re a career-changer or entering the workforce for the first time–it can be hard to get a foot in the door. Everyone else may seem to already have the skills, experience, and contacts necessary.
So when you’re starting without those things, how do you catch a break? How do you make the phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” work for you?
In this guest post,
Did you know that data science and analysis positions are often the hardest ones for a company to fill? Thanks to exploding demand for data professionals, there are a ton of open roles and not enough candidates to fill them.
Translation? It’s an exciting field to get into and the career prospects are amazing.
Now, just to clear up a common misconception right off the bat: you don’t need to be a math/computer science/coding whiz to land a job in data analysis.
If you’ve ever built a website or app yourself, you know that for a great finished product, you need more than knowledge of coding. You also need basic design skills.
First impressions matter, and the first thing a user will judge your project on is its design. If the finished product doesn’t look good–or, worse, makes the website or app difficult to navigate–no one will use it.
By learning just a few design basics, you’ll dramatically improve the quality of your projects.
Career-changers are often drawn to tech–and for good reason. It’s an innovative and interesting field with high salaries and plenty of job openings at any given time.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can just fill out some applications, walk into an interview, and get a tech job. In addition to learning the tech skills you’ll need on the job, you have to compete with everyone else to earn the attention of companies.
The good news: just like you can learn coding,
Lots of people start learning to code in the hope of getting a well-paid job further down the road. But what if you could actually make money coding while you’re still a beginner?
In this guest post, Joe Previte tells us how he was able to make $5,000 in his first year of learning to code, despite only spending $30 on his education.
Last year, I made the decision to leave my graduate school program and pursue a career in coding.