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Wanting a job as a Data Analyst

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Manjinder, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Manjinder

    Manjinder New Member

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    Hi Every one. I have just joined this site and would be most grateful if you could offer me advice to the following query:

    I graduated about 20 years ago in a modular degree ( I am 40 years old now), with no specialist knowledge in any subject/area. I have over 15 years general office work experience, and credit control experience. I would now like to change my career and become a Data Analyst, Can any one suggest what qualifications/experience I need in order to become a Data Analyst? I have working knowledge of Microsoft Office. What about prior knowledge and experience. Are there any courses that I could take (part time, on line, etc) which could improve my chances?
     
  2. UKDarkstar
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    Hi and welcome to the forums.

    When you say Data Analyst, what sort of work are you thinking of ?

    There are many possibles for that and it might help to know what you have in mind.
     
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  3. Manjinder

    Manjinder New Member

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    Thanks very much gor your repsonse.

    In terms of Data Analyst, the sort of work I was thinking of is dealing with information/figures/spreadsheets, in perhaps a financial setting (e.g credit card security analysis etc) or other instituitions such as universities, colleges, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies.
     
  4. UKDarkstar
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    Well you have lots of options depending on your work experience and how technical you wnat to get.

    Have a look at :

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certifications.mspx

    and in particular the sections for Microsoft Office and Dynamics. You can certainly work with Excel and, say, Access, to become product specialist and maybe learn some VBA too which would allow you to customise applications a bit more. At a later stage you could progress this to become an Office Trainer if you wanted to go that route.

    If you're more into processing data then it depends how technical you wish to go. The Dynamics side of things can take you into application development or you may want to go a technical route into server setup/admin. This is for stuff like Navision (accounting), CRM etc.

    If that is of interest then you would probably want to look at certs covering SQL too.

    Outside of MS there's SAP which is pretty good industry standard and specialist can attract quite serious salaries - not my thing but others on here may be able to comment.

    Does this help ?
     
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