Large organizations rely on big data to guide them in the right direction. Just as mariners plotted their course using the stars, today’s companies employ data scientists to reap strategic insights from big data

Former software engineer Aditya Shivam made a decisive move to steer his career in a promising new direction by enrolling in Simplilearn’s Big Data Master’s Course. While working as a senior software engineer at Nucleus Software, he plotted a course to move away from Oracle and SQL and explore information technology’s newest frontier. He credits his trusted relatives and mentors, who recommended that he gain big data and machine learning skills.

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Why Big Data Matters

Big data analytics is the practice of uncovering trends and patterns from vast data sets. Machine learning speeds the process using algorithms to manage large amounts of data and find patterns and reveal valuable information. Some of the widely known applications include market research and segmentation, analyzing customer behavior, evaluating trends and decoding patterns, and helping in decision-making.

Charting the Right Course

Shivam said he first tried to learn by searching for free online video tutorials. He found the experience wanting. “I just couldn’t find anything concrete and was urged by a relative to take Simplilearn’s online live training,” he explained. “It was an amazing experience to learn from real-life IT architects and experts who know their topics very well and gave us ample time to learn and practice. The doubts-clearing session was particularly valuable as the trainer made sure we understood the concepts.” 

Shivam first planned to take one course on big data but soon enrolled in Simplilearn’s Big Data Master’s Course. Simplilearn’s learning platform and strategy help each candidate understand and focus on upskilling themselves for a better future, he explained.

“Simplilearn has brilliant instructors who are industry experts working as directors and solutions architects at some of the biggest firms,” Shivam said. “The instructors were amazing. You could touch base with them anytime and they were always willing to help.

I would definitely recommend Simplilearn to anyone who is seeking growth in their career.”

He found that the Big Data Master’s Course covered a wide range of data science. “It started with Hadoop and Spark Developer courses and covered MongoDB, Big Data and Hadoop Administrator, Storm, Kafka, and Cassandra,” he said.

“For someone who did not know what big data is, I felt very good after studying Hadoop through Simplilearn,” he said. “The Hadoop ecosystem is one of the most important things I learned.” Apache Hadoop is an open-source software platform that manages data processing and storage for big data applications. 

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Practical Applications for Data Science

Shivam emphasized the importance of his newfound data science knowledge on his career and the world around him. “These technologies have revolutionized industries across the globe as there is so much raw data not used for any insightful purpose. Learning how to gather all that data and make it useful for predictions, classifications, and language processing was just amazing. 

“I can go on and on, but the bottom line is that machine learning has changed the way we see data, and now, with the help of easier programming languages like Python, we can create magic with code. I liked studying Python because of its simplicity.”

According to Simplilearn’s website, Python has become a required skill for 46-percent of jobs in data science. The market demand for data science professionals will grow an estimated 1,581 percent by 2020, and professionals with Python skills will have a definite advantage.

Upskilling for Career Advancement

After becoming upskilled and confident in an assortment of data science technologies, Shivam said he landed “a great gig” where he could work on real-life issues and advance into robotics and automation. Once he started interviewing with companies, Shivam realized that the training by Simplilearn set him up with a wide base of knowledge.

“The interviewers were real-life big data architects,” he said. “They asked questions based on their projects and I was able to answer them.”

First, he received a job offer as a consultant at Atos with a 40 percent pay hike. Then last year, he became Deloitte’s senior consultant of cognitive services and intelligent automation.

It’s been quite an eye-opening journey for a former software engineer. Today, he uses his data science skills handling robotics and cognitive automation for different clients. 

Robotics Process Automation (RPA) is simplifying our day-to-day jobs by letting a robot work for us — improving efficiency, reducing time on repetitive tasks, and even eliminating human errors,” Shivam said. “My first experience was to have my custom chatbot that used to talk in real-time and fetch data from cloud sources.

“It is fun to work in RPA, and it is becoming the hottest gig in IT as everyone is looking to improve revenue while reducing their operating and capital expenses.” Data scientists can use RPA to sort through large amounts of data to highlight the relevant information.

Shivam plans to continue his career in artificial intelligence, data science, and robotics. Because these domains are still in their infant states and are evolving, these skills will have a significant market value at least for the next 10-15 years, he said.

After that, Shivam hopes to have climbed to the top of an organization as a chief operating officer, chief technical officer, or chief executive officer. 

“I want to look back at my journey and be able to feel happy and satisfied with the work I have done,” he said. “At the same time, if I can help others achieve their goals somehow, I think that would be the best.”

He credits Simplilearn with expanding his horizons. 

“Learning with Simplilearn has been a game-changer for my career,” Shivam revealed. “I never thought that I would be able to make a career shift from something I was working on to something that is niche today.

“Simplilearn is one of the best online training providers we have right now. A big thanks to Simplilearn for making me who I am right now.”

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Make Your Game Plan 

When it comes to career advancement and personal growth, you have to take action. Find your passion and get the skills you need to make a change in your professional and personal life with Simplilearn. From data science to project management and digital marketing, Simplilearn can offer you pathways to learn and grow. 

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