Deciding whether to enrol in a bootcamp can be difficult. It’s a choice that has the potential of totally altering your life, setting you off on an unprecedented career trajectory. You’re probably already aware of how data-driven our society has become. More and more information is being generated across all industries, and these industries need data-savvy professionals to help them decode it.
If you start on a pathway towards a career as a data analyst, you’ll have a truly expansive set of professional opportunities before you. You might find yourself working in marketing analyzing advertising campaign information, or in healthcare trying to improve patient record-keeping processes. Or even working for yourself as an independent data consultant contractor.
But to get to that place, you’ll have to undergo training first. Our accelerated, personalized, outcomes-obsessed data bootcamp is oriented so as to train you in the most efficient and effective way possible. Because we know you don’t want to spend upwards of 4 years studying so you can get a job; you want to dive into your lucrative new career as soon as you can.
Taking that leap into an intense data bootcamp might be a bit frightening. You might not know whether you’ll thrive within the program, and whether you’ll enjoy working on data challenges and programming languages in such an intensive format.
There are a few markers that’ll help you realize whether you’ll succeed in our data bootcamp. Plus, these are great markers for understanding whether you’ll succeed in the field of data analytics in general.
Do You Have Passion and Drive?
The first, and arguably most important marker for whether you’ll do well in our data bootcamp, is if you have the right amount of passion and drive. Do you feel frustrated and exhausted at the prospect of spending hours cleaning up a dataset, or does your ambition ignite at such an initiative?
Of course, as with any job, everyone’s going to feel tired and exasperated at certain points. But in general, you should be transparent and clear over whether data is something that truly interests you. You don’t need to be data analysis’ #1 fan, but you do have to ground yourself in a determination to learn it and be good at it. And that determination will have a stronger baseboard if you feel positive about the potential of working in data.
Are You Curious and Thoughtful?
Data science isn’t all just crunching numbers and creating spreadsheets. As a data analyst, your main task is making sense of data, using a variety of tactics and techniques. But to be a truly good data analyst, you have to have that spark of creativity that helps to generate great insights about the data you’re working with.
Are you a curious and thoughtful person? Do you like to spot patterns in things, to look deeper than surface-level? Do you spend a lot of time looking things up on Wikipedia, or trailing flitting interests through rabbit holes of internet research? Being a data analyst takes a lot of curiosity. A good analyst needs a deep reserve of it, if they want to be effective at spotting trends and patterns in the information they work with.
During bootcamp, you’ll spend countless hours examining datasets, generating insights, and moving through challenges. A sense of curiosity about the information you’re dealing with will be invaluable in working through bootcamp in an effective way.
Do You Work Well With Others?
Think about a data analyst, and you probably imagine a person working solitary at a computer workstation. Your intuition wouldn’t be wrong, as that is what it’s like a lot of the time. But working in data is a lot more collaborative than it may seem at first glance.
A data analyst’s workflow wouldn’t be particularly valuable on its own. The whole point of examining data and generating insights about it is so that actions can be taken from it. What this means is that a data analyst is always working in a sort of ecosystem with colleagues: marketers, investors, managers, or whomever else.
This is why a data analyst needs great presentation skills. As a data analyst, you’ll spend a good portion of time communicating your findings to others. This social aspect is reflected in bootcamp, where you’ll find yourself working collaboratively with other data analysts, and presenting your projects to audiences.
Are You Able to Think in An Analytical Way?
We’ve already mentioned how creativity and curiosity are valuable to succeeding both within bootcamp and as a data analyst. On the other side of things, a systemic, analytical way of approaching challenges and concepts will also be very valuable to you.
Both within bootcamp and within your career, you’ll be engaging with complex problems related to data. To successfully overcome these challenges, it’s necessary to work with data in a way that’s organized and logical.
If you’re the kind of person that’s able to approach problems in a step-by-step, methodological way, you’ll be able to do well within your data training and beyond.
Ready to start working towards becoming an expert data analyst?