Mr. Sray Agarwal, Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Business Analytics program in an Exclusive talk with Careerzest
How will the Business Analytics Program help students?
BA or Data Science will open new career avenues for students. As we know, BA / Data science is one of the most sought-after career today, knowledge of analytics will help them grab this on-going trend and also open up new opportunities for them. BA / Data science is not only meant for freshers but for working executives too. All in all, BA or Data Science will enable a student to be more technical, scientific and sure about the decision making. Realizing the large need for competent analytics specialists and data professionals, we at TimesPro launched the comprehensive business analytics program (PGDBA) to fill-in the talent shortage. The six month course aims at equipping students and working professionals with the tools, techniques and skills to enable a seamless entry and absorption into the profession of Business Analytics. We also teach students on how to combine skills, technologies, applications and processes to gain data-driven insights thus offering new professional opportunities to them.
How did you get started in this field, and what do you think has made you successful throughout your career?
I got into this field by accident. I was always interested in economic, statistics and programming. Thus, this concoction along with years of management experience made BA / Data Science a perfect career for me. Thus, I started exploring MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) over net and started learning data science and implementing concepts at my workplace. Moreover, my expertise got augmented after a course in BA. Currently, I am the Chief Manager-Business Analytics with TimesPro and am happy to be part of this institution which aims at bridging the gap between the industry requirements & academia.
What are the pros and cons of working in the field of business analytics?
There are numerous pros, the biggest one being that of being respected in an organization for your skill-set and decision making ability. It’s also the most lucrative career. Not actually con, but you have to continuously learn, unlearn and relearn.
What traits, skills, or experiences do employers in your field look for in candidates?
They look for anyone with ability of learning fast and especially make decision in crucial situation beside technical skills like being conversant with applied statistic, programming skills (at least one statistical tool) and out of box approach.
What publications, professional associations, or events should a student check out for additional information on this field?
They should follow communities on social networking sites, follow blogs, follow courses and discussion forums at MOOCs and also try participating in Kaggle.
Any other advice you want to give to our readers?
Plunge-in into this career if you have a knack of diving deep into data, experimenting and is ready to learn something new every moment.