Trying to change careers?
I have a degree in Computer Systems engineering and job history in the digital services field mostly in UI UX design (minor focused front-end dev) and minor experience as an embedded programming using Python and C/C++.
I am really trying to shift gears in to data engineer and analytics, but even entry-level positions require some experience. I have taken course to build technical skills however most employers don’t understand why I qualify given my professional experience. Any advice how to make a career shift or how to bridge the gaps?
Rosemary recommends the following next steps:
If you don't have a job you can take certificate course and learn more about the role to close the gap. Apply for entry level roles. You can also look for job in your space and move internally.
Lauren recommends the following next steps:
I recommend doing a bootcamp or other certified courses to learn all the main BI platforms and to code in each of them. With your background this will be easier to pick up for sure. And it will make you a good candidate when you are finished and job hunting. Lookup Qlik or Microsoft BI - these are good ones to research.
The suggestion to have a personal portfolio will help and also updating your resume too, is recommended by me as well
I know that student get hired easily as contract workers fairly quickly after completing bootcamps or other certified courses. You can reach out to them and they will contract you out for work. It's a great 'foot in the door' step to get you experience and off to your next big company after that.
For example, build the skills necessary to be a data engineer or analyst. Some key skills include proficiency in SQL, programming languages like Python or R, and experience with data analysis and visualization tools. You might also want to gain experience working with big data technologies such as Hadoop or Spark. There are a ton of sample Hadoop and Spark projects you could do and use those to talk about your experience during interviews.
The other thing to consider would be to look into (and sign up for) those platform type communities. Don't necessarily "hound" for jobs - just. . . peek in - look at some of the technical questions, if you can, answer them, or "get a feel" for the kinds of things that are challenges for organizations on those platforms. Use those communities to help get a sense of the "what" to use on practice builds, projects, etc. Often those communities will hold local user groups and meetings. Drop in and start building your network.
I hope this helps and Good Luck!!