Are you considering a career change?
You’re not the only one — today’s average young professional will change jobs five to seven times over the course of their worklife! The emergence of new employment sectors has created professional opportunities that may not have been available when you started your education.
Moreover, students and grads aren’t just looking for a job, but a meaningful career that they love. Although it can seem intimidating to pursue a new path, enrolling in a continuing education program can help you develop the skills and build the confidence you need to land the job of your dreams.
We spoke with Yvette Blenman, a Web Analyst, about her experience in the Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics program at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. In just 14 weeks, Yvette’s enrolment in this program changed her life and led to an egg-citing new career.
Before pursuing continuing education with The Chang School, Yvette was working for a logistics company when she found herself wondering just who was analyzing their data. She quickly realized that her company did not have an effective way to utilize their information because the volume and speed of their production did not easily allow them to “mine” it for statistical information. Yvette’s intuition kicked in and based on a strong hunch, she started researching Big Data. She may not have known it at the time, but this was the first step towards her new career.
Data Mining is the process of searching large stores of data (Big Data) to discover recurring patterns and trends. This information can help businesses predict likely statistical outcomes and adapt their operations to address the consistent needs of their customers.
Yvette’s excitement grew when she read about Data Scientists, the people who develop the tools and techniques used to mine the sizeable data her company was producing. She says, “Once I identified the skill sets that those individuals had, I realized a lot of my interests were wrapped up in this exciting new field.” After watching a few talks given by Data Scientists on YouTube, Yvette realized that Big Data Mining offered unparalleled growth opportunities for businesses. At that moment, Yvette decided to look for courses that could prepare her to join the Big Data Revolution.
Upon her decision to make a career change, Yvette’s friend recommended The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. She had been considering a few other institutions as well, but she was attracted to the 14 week intensive Data Analytics program at The Chang School. Yvette says, “I wanted to get into the field as soon as possible and I thought that this program was a way for me to get into the workforce with the latest skills before students from other programs would even graduate.”
“I really appreciate the skills that The Chang School of Continuing Education has taught me because there aren’t that many people who are using these tools on a daily basis yet. The Chang School helped me be ahead of the curve.”
In the Data Analytics program, Yvette took multiple courses at once to achieve her certification. She notes that all of the courses took place in class, allowing for an interactive, supportive learning environment: “I was very new to coding and I wanted to have the support of someone in person to guide me through the difficulties of learning a new way of thinking,” she says. This hands-on, intensive approach was aided by knowledgeable instructors, and in a short span of time, Yvette was ready to take on a new career.
For Yvette, some of the best aspects of studying at The Chang School were her instructors, classmates, and the collaborative environment that enabled her to form close bonds. She notes that the ability to network with like-minded students allowed her to make professional contacts who also became her friends. Moreover, the relationships she formed have continued to grow after the program’s completion. She says, “My class has some of the brightest, most engaging people that I have ever met! I was touched by the amount of support and encouragement I received from them.”
“The Data Analytics program has changed my life!”
Once she graduated, Yvette proactively contacted hiring managers through LinkedIn, who confirmed that her intuition was right on the mark: Big Data skills are in high demand. This emerging field is becoming an established practice, meaning that more businesses are starting to realize what Big Data can do for their brands. Yvette now works for one of the largest data companies in the world. She says, “I wouldn’t have been able to get an interview if I didn’t have the skills that I acquired from Ryerson.”
Yvette describes her current role as a Web analyst as “incredibly exciting.” Her story is an inspiring example of how passion for a certain subject and an enriching continuing education program can help you establish a career that you love. Yvette concluded by saying, “I am sure that I am going to have an exciting career as a result of the time that I invested in Ryerson!”