Abhishek RanjanSenior Consultant
“GL gave me a very concrete framework on how to apply data science to day to day problem statements.”
Abhishek Ranjan, a Great Lakes alumnus tells us (in his own words) 5 steps he took to land a job offer as a Senior Analyst with a Fortune 500 company, JustEnergy.
- Enroll into a good analytics program – I did my post-graduation in Business Analytics from Great Lakes Institute of Management (GL). GL gave me a very concrete framework on how to apply data science to day to day problem statements. The domain knowledge on business/finance etc proved to help a lot in making sense from the business perspective. GL helped with a lot of job interviews too. The capstone project is a major highlight and gives insights about real life business problems.
- Exploit the reach of LinkedIn – Always be active on LinkedIn and connect with relevant people in the market and join data science groups for exposure. I got my job via Linkedin Connection.
- Practice makes a man “data-perfect” – Participate in Kaggle/Analytics Vidhya competitions. Work on a lot of Data Science projects in personal time. Definitely, work on all available Kaggle & Analytics Vidhya datasets.
- Ace that interview – Good preparation is key. I was asked to explain LASSO, stepwise regression & other optimization techniques that were definitely difficult to handle. I have changed a lot of jobs, so to explain that was a difficult situation. I also tackled a lot of detailed questions on Data science projects like explaining in detail (on paper) the whole logit model etc.
- Make that CV thorough- I was already working with ShieldSquare as a Data Analyst and was experimenting with ML applications for our product back then, this was one of the main causes which attracted a lot of opportunities. Knowledge of Python (Naive though) helped a lot in providing automation plans for analysis. Just Energy had a lot of work on excel, so Knowledge of advanced Excel and Macros helped the most. I was to join the reconciliation department so knowledge in finance was appreciated. But none of this would have mattered, had I missed out any of these on my CV.
Last but not the least, you can also target agile startups (You will get to learn a lot there)!