In the rapidly changing tech domain, data science and data engineering have become core to every business and enterprise. The need for data science jobs has been emphasized in leading surveys across the world with Data Scientist pegged as the “Sexiest Job of the 21st century”. However, despite the high interest, one of the major challenges is how to best represent this multi-disciplinary field that combines elements of statistics, computer science, mathematics, information systems and operations management expertise.
The demand for analytics professionals outstrips all other sectors and despite talks about slowdown plaguing the IT market, there are an estimated 50,000 positions related to analytics currently available to be filled in India, states our annual Analytics & Data Science India Jobs Study 2017. Almost 50 percent of jobs in analytics are for those between 2-7 years of experience across all cities. For freshers however, Chennai stands out in terms of total number of openings.
With the growing demand for DSA talent, people looking to transition to data science are expected to benefit the most from an estimated 17% openings for freshers. 39% of analytics and data science job openings are for professionals with around 5 years job experience, the report states. Companies which are aggressively hiring DSA talent in India and have the most number of analytics opening this year are – Amazon, Citi, HCL, Goldman Sachs, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Accenture, KPMG, E&Y & Capgemini.
But as demand grows for DSA jobs that are proving to be the hardest-to-fill roles, there are also concerns to close the talent gap for analytics-related jobs with the right training program that gives in-demand analytics skills to professionals who wish to transition to the booming field.
Keeping this in mind, Great Lakes Institute of Management has launched a PGP in Data Science and Engineering program — a one-of-its-kind program that is exclusively tailored for professionals with less than 4 years of experience. Created exclusively for early career professionals, this program gives the much-needed analytical skill-set with a six-month intensive program, delivered in a blended format.
The program is steered by a faculty that has great expertise and decades of experience in computational sciences and statistics, making it an optimal blend of academics and industry relevance. It is helmed by Prof. Mudit Kulshreshtha, a leading industry veteran with two decades of experience in data science. Before joining Great Lakes, Prof Kulshreshtha held top leadership positions at Payback, Deloitte and Angel Broking.
According to Hari Krishnan Nair, Co-Founder, Great Learning, Great Lakes’ PGP-DSE program is designed specifically for early career professionals who want to learn and equip themselves with industry relevant capabilities that would help them convert into analytics and data science roles in the industry . “With the increasing adoption of big data and analytics across companies and industries, there is a huge talent gap when it comes to analytics and data science. And this gap is even more accentuated in the 0-4 year experience bracket. According to NASSCOM, there are 50,000+ open positions in analytics and data science in India. Most of these are at 0-6 year experience levels. And most companies are struggling to find quality talent, hence this is a great opportunity for young professionals to up-skill themselves and make themselves relevant for the exciting and rewarding careers in data science,” he said.
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Experiential learning is woven into the program and students learn through multiple projects and case studies that give them hands-on experience to deal with real data. Learners will also get mentored by some of the best in the industry, with sessions from leading analytics practitioners from Microsoft, EXL, Deloitte, HSBC and American Express who will share their tools and techniques to add to the data science tool-box.
Program Key Features
Who Is The Program Intended For: This in-depth program is intended for professionals with less than four-years of relevant experience and a prior background in (undergraduate degree) Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science and Economics is preferred. Early career professionals with 0-4 years of experience from BFSI, IT, Finance functions thinking about moving into big data can hugely benefit from the program that delivers conceptual techniques and the foundations required for data science roles.
Duration: PGP-DSE is a 6-month weekend classroom program including classroom interactions with faculty and industry practitioners, hands-on exercises, and online learning. Classroom sessions would be conducted on alternate weekends from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm in Gurgaon and Bangalore.
Tools Covered: Data analytics skills are spreading to new corners of the market, and is no longer restricted to IT. And with many new and emerging DSA roles, the program delivers key analytical skills required for existing job roles in the industry today. From R, SAS, MySQL, Python to data visualization skills such as Tableau, the program is extremely focused on training learners on the in-demand tools and techniques required today from a data-savvy professional.
Course Outcome: Co-created by industry experts, the exhaustive practice-based course covers the most industry relevant techniques such as Regression, Predictive Modelling, Clustering, Time Series, Forecasting, Classification applied in enterprises today. Designed for early career professionals, the program exposes learners to industry relevant tools and techniques. There is a heavy focus on applied learning which means hands-on exercises and projects. At the end of the six-month program, learners will be awarded with a Dual Certification from Great Lakes and Stuart School of Business, IIT Chicago.
Great Credentials: With six top-ranked programs, a distinguished faculty and an industry best record of successful transitions in business and functional roles in the analytics, the institute has a great placement record. Their alumni have been placed in leading companies such as Amazon, Honeywell, Deloitte among other big-ticket names, making Great Learning’s new offering — PGP in Data Science and Engineering the best fit for early-career professionals who want to fast-track their career in data science.
Students can also benefit from an amazing 3000+ alumni network and tap into Great Learning’s world class resources to build on their training in data science. Great Learning also pioneered India’s #1 ranked business analytics program, has clocked 1.5 million + hours of delivering analytics learning, so if you are looking to knock down the frontiers of big data, then this is a good place to start.
Career Support: Great Learning will also put you on the right career path with resume building workshops and interview preparation workshops that will help you land a fulfilling job.
Here’s Why We Believe Great Learning’s PGP in Data Science & Engineering Has An Edge
- Great Learning’s PGP in Data Science and Engineering is the only course in India designed for early career professionals with 0-4 years of experience. The comprehensive six-month weekend program covers the whole breadth of analytics techniques, from the essentials of data science to the most in-demand big data technologies used by organizations today.
- Backed by an eminent faculty and a challenging curriculum, the PGP in Data Science & Engineering provides a convenient and flexible option for busy working professionals to transition to data science career and qualify for higher level data science positions.
- One of the primary facets of Great Learning’s program is that it imparts skills and tools which are industry-relevant and not just trendy. Besides, its robust industry connect and an excellent faculty, the well-placed alumni connect will also help the learners to land entry-level and higher level data science jobs.
While there are a lot of industry and vendor specific certifications and PG programs that will offer quick-fix courses to buff up your skills, an intensive blended experience will go a long way in fully explaining the concepts behind data analysis. Great Learning’s PGP in Data Science and Engineering is an excellent choice for continuing education and worth the investment.
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Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.