From Electrical Engineering to Decision Science: How Data Analytics Inspired Sahil to Push His Professional Limits
Sahil’s story on how he successfully migrated to a career in analytics, in his words.
Sahil was born and brought up in a small district in Haryana, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014. Over the next year and a half, he worked as an electrical engineer with a leading oil and gas contractor; this was when he started developing an interest in the field of analytics. To quench his thirst for relevant analytics knowledge, he enrolled in some of Jigsaw Academy’s online courses. In due course, he got a wonderful opportunity to work with a startup as a Decision Science analyst.
1. When did you first hear about analytics?
It was while I was gaining a foothold in Excel and its VBA programming that I first heard about analytics. I discovered that there is lots of fascinating stuff that can be analyzed across a number of industry verticals, and developed a tremendous interest right then.
2. What made you decide to develop your analytics skills?
My interest in analytics was so strong that it quickly turned into a desire to become a data scientist. To get started, I decided to learn an essential domain language and to pick up analytic skills like supervised/ unsupervised machine learning as well as knowledge of software like R and SAS.
3. Tell us more about the courses you chose
I joined Jigsaw Academy and enrolled in Data Science with SAS, a basic course covering Data Science concepts, to get my fundamentals in shape. SAS is also the most sought after programming language of today, and I wanted to get acquainted.
4. How did you get your first analytics job?
I got my first analytics job with the help of Jigsaw’s placement assistance team. I received plenty of mails regarding job opportunities relevant to me and luckily I was able to crack one.
5. Tell us what it is like to be a Decision Science Analyst and what you love most about your work.
The work-life balance is great and I truly appreciate the fact that the work I do impacts my clients directly, by helping them make good decisions. I also love the work culture at my organization, and how our co-founders and HR team keep on motivating us and encouraging us to push our limits.
6. Has it been a good decision- the move to analytics?
Yeah! It was a great decision. Things become pretty simple and straight forward when you start enjoying your work. And that only happens when you do what you want to do—it’s as simple as that!
7. What are your future plans?
For the moment, I just want to gain as many diverse skills in this field as I can. I would like to have the combined skill-sets of a business analyst, a data engineer and a decision science analyst.
8. Any advice for those who want to enter analytics?
It’s a wonderful field. There are lots of industries which have started making use of analytics to generate business insights. It’s the mainstay of the business world. I would advise all aspirants to start with Excel first, then move onto R/ SAS. Basic understanding of statistics concepts like mean, mode, median etc. is a must. If you hate statistics and coding stuff, then this field is not at all for you!
9. Do you think everyone needs analytics skills today to succeed in their careers? Why?
Yeah, I think so. We no longer live in a world where business can be run by intuitive feeling alone. Analytics is definitely gonna be the “next big thing”.