You have been a six-sigma black belt for more than 10-12 years. So, what is it that prompted you to move to analytics?
I had done my master black belt also, so I was ready for my next challenge. We were already doing regression analysis but there is more to analytics than just that. I wanted to learn analytics at the next level and upskill myself. That’s the reason I moved to analytics!
How did your internal transition take place?
My manager knew that I was pursuing this analytics course and there was no one else in our team who could handle R, Python, etc. When the management found out I completed the course from Great Lakes, they immediately facilitated an internal transition.
What was the most valuable aspect of your learning experience at Great Lakes?
When I wanted to pursue an analytics course, I had looked at IIM Bangalore and ISB Hyderabad also. But I went ahead with Great Lakes because I really liked that it is blended. It is not about core analytics but a mixture of analytics in different domains from supply chain management to finance. The knowledge of different domains gives confidence to an analytics data scientist that when he applies for a data science role – he will nail it!
What is it that excites you the most about your current role?
It is more of an analytics role; a very specific analytics role where we build predictive models. So, it is both different vertical and horizontal aspects of predictive modelling based on client KPIs.
What would be your advice to professionals who want to transition to the field of analytics?
My advice is to simply keep learning new things and studying consistently for deeper learning. Also, look out for opportunities within your own company to apply analytics. A professional doesn’t necessarily need to be in the analytics team to be able to use it.