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Become a Data Analyst in 3 steps (no degree required)

By Ben Madden

Interested in the world of data analytics? If you’re someone that loves working with data, then it’s a career that may potentially prove to be very rewarding. Don’t have a degree in the field? Don’t worry! There are other pathways to make a career in the world of data a reality (if you’re willing to put in the work, of course). If you’re looking to land a job as a data analyst, then read on!

What do data analysts do?

Data analysts sort through mountains of data to help businesses solve problems. They test hypotheses and provide solutions to problems that might be hindering a business’ progress. Every customer interaction is a data point, and businesses that can turn their data into actionable insights will get ahead of those that cannot. 

Data analysts also need to be able to communicate their findings with stakeholders, who may not always have a sophisticated understanding of data and its significance. Data analysts should be able to explain the importance of data through a business lens, so everyone involved is on the same page. If you’re someone that loves analysing data and finding patterns, then this might be a pathway for you! 

Is data analysis a good career?

If you’re looking to embark on a career that’ll be in high demand over the next decade and beyond, then becoming a data analyst looks set to be a wise choice. Research by Accenture and the TechCouncil estimated that the Australian technology industry generated $167 billion for the economy in 2020-21, and this number is only set to grow. Businesses across a vast range of industries are looking to make more data-driven decisions, and you can be part of shaping the future of businesses in Australia and beyond.

Data analysts are also paid accordingly for their work, with SEEK reporting that the average salary for a Data Analyst in Melbourne ranges from $90,000 - $110,000. If you’re looking for a job where no two days will be the same, as well as a role where there’s room to grow (with a high salary to boot), then read on to learn more about how you can become a data analyst!

How to get a data analyst job with no experience?

Now that you know what becoming a data analyst involves, it’s time to start taking steps towards becoming one! If you’re worried that you don’t currently have any experience, don’t fret. Here are three steps you can take to land your dream job as a data analyst. 

1. Complete further study and bootcamps 

Interested in the world of data, but don’t have time for years of study? You don’t have to commit to a long bachelor’s degree to gain the skills that you need to become a data analyst. Upskilled’s Data Analyst Bootcamp Program features both live virtual classes and self-paced learning, meaning you don’t have to let your other responsibilities fall by the wayside. Work with likeminded individuals to gain real world skills and start working towards a career as a Data Analyst today. 

Looking to specialise? Python programming skills are in high demand, and Upskilled’s Data Science with Python short course gives you access to world-class Python resources to test your skills as you learn. Gain valuable insight into both Data Science and Python across 12 lessons, and complete skills-based assessments that prepare you for the world of work.  

2. Network, network, network

Networking is a dirty word for some, but it doesn’t have to be! Attending events/conferences and using social media platforms like LinkedIn can help you can connect with people that might just help you land your first role in the world of data analytics. When you’re networking, make sure you’re: 
  • Treating everyone you meet with the utmost respect – whether they’re a CEO or just starting out, everyone has valuable advice to share
  • Providing value to those you’re meeting – networking is a two-way street
  • Actively listening – no-one wants to have to repeat themselves over and over 
  • Following up on the connections you’ve made – going out for coffee with people can be a great way to form a friendship
You never know who you’ll run into when you’re networking, so get out there and start meeting people!

3. Find an internship that gets your foot in the door

Now that you’ve gained relevant data analytics skills and you’ve connected with other people interested in data, looking for an internship can help you put your skills to the test. Interning at prestigious companies can help you continue to build your network, while also gaining invaluable insight into what a career in data analytics really looks like. 

Your network can help you seek out internships that might not otherwise be available, while websites like SEEK, Indeed and LinkedIn are other valuable places to search for internships that will help you achieve your professional goals. Set up alerts based on the criteria relevant to the internships you’re searching for and make sure your LinkedIn profile and CV are both up to date!

Looking for advice to help you navigate the world of work? Upskilled’s SkillsTalk blog is full of helpful and insightful advice that can make your next professional move your most rewarding venture yet. You can visit SkillsTalk here!

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