Data analysts are crucial in today’s data- and internet-driven business environment. Across industries, data analysts hold critical positions, providing the expertise needed to analyze data that informs important decisions like what investments to make or which customers to target. Work performed by data analysts also aids organizations in assessing risks and deciding on capital allocations. 

When Aniket Kulkarni, a native and current resident of Pune, India, decided to advance his career, he chose the Simplilearn Post Graduate Program (PGP) in Data Analytics

“I felt like I had reached a saturation point in my career and was not seeing any potential for growth, '' he said. “I realized that my career had reached a plateau and to accelerate growth, I needed to upskill.”

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The field of data science has earned a top spot on the list of most sought-after for professionals from many disparate backgrounds. With a master’s degree in physics and hopes of obtaining his Ph.D., Aniket’s career path didn’t immediately lead him into the data analytics field. It wasn’t until financial constraints kept him from doctoral studies that Aniket began considering how he could incorporate his interests in data analytics into his career.

“Data science and data analytics was a backup for me in case I was not able to do my Ph.D.,” he said. “So, even when I joined ZocDoc, I joined on the condition that I would get to explore data analytics or sequel…I was able to get some hands-on experience there.”

A determining factor for Aniket’s choice to upskill with Simplilearn’s PGP in Data Analytics was the program’s close partnership with world-class leaders in higher education and technology. 

“While I was doing my research there were so many other platforms on the table,” he said. “ But the course at Simplilearn was in collaboration with IBM and Purdue University which finally influenced my decision.”

In addition, the projects that students complete throughout the course of the program—which include real-world data from businesses like Google, Walmart, and IBM—provided the hands-on experience needed before entering a new field.

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The benefits of Simplilearn’s PGP in Data Analytics extend past the classroom, making a positive impact on graduates' professional lives. Its career service support enables students like Aniket to navigate career advances and changes with confidence.

“As part of the Job Assist program, I was also helped with revising my resume so that I would be more prepared for interviews while looking for a job,” he said. “While sitting for the interview too, the kind of questions that were asked were all covered in the course itself. So everything that I needed for the interview was present right there in the course LMS.” 

The new skills Aniket added to his portfolio helped him break through career stagnation and secure a position where he enjoys his work and is able to excel.

And, while he believes that choosing the right platform is a crucial step when upskilling, Aniket advises other professionals that taking ownership and initiative to learn something new is the first step to career success.

Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program in Data Analytics is ideal for all working professionals and prior programming knowledge is not required. If you’re considering upskilling with a program in data analytics, learn more about our course details, advisors and trainers, and check out other student reviews to find out if our program is the right fit for you. 

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