As documented by Priya Thomas

With continuous evolvement in technology, I realized that it was time for an upskill. I was also very keen on upskilling with an international university (like Purdue) because I work in an MNC and a lot of MNCs are going into data science. When you say that you are affiliated with a foreign university, they recognize that name better than any other Indian name.

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Balancing Career, Home, and Remote Learning

Deciding on the right program meant considering overall curriculum quality, as well as how completing the coursework would impact my professional and personal life. And with the Economic Times ranking the graduate program in data science as number one, Simplilearn was at the top of my list.

After reviewing the course page and going through the LinkedIn profiles of other Simplilearn alumni, I made the choice to enroll in the PGP in Data Science. The flexibility to choose when to complete the classes made it ideal for me to upskill while working full time and managing obligations at home.

I was given the liberty to take late-night, weekend classes. Since it was from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., it did not impact my day as such and I was able to devote proper time to the course that way. I also took advantage of my family’s support, using Saturdays and Sundays to study while my husband cared for our children.

The course was something I wanted to do and both my husband and I were on the same page, which really helped make this transition.

Stand Out and Make and Impact

Completing the PGP in Data Science gave me the new skills and confidence I needed to move my career forward. With masterclasses by Purdue faculty and IBM experts, I learned how to implement newer technologies and gain a competitive advantage in the workplace. 

I can see a change in the way I approach work because now I feel like I am having more refined conversations. Upskilling has helped me add to my vocabulary at work, which means that I am having more meaningful conversations with my superiors.

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Also, I credit upskilling for my new-found ability to make meaningful contributions to my company’s culture of innovation. The projects and capstones challenge students, including myself, to implement skills in R, Python programming, machine learning algorithms, and data visualization with Tableau to solve real-world business challenges.

The projects really helped with testing myself on the knowledge that I had gained. The live instruction was definitely an added benefit, and I understand that the assessment criteria were also very rigorous. It gave me an opportunity to think outside of the box and explore beyond what was being taught 

A Note From Simplilearn

Data science is one of today’s hottest fields. Predicted to grow 28 percent through 2026, the data science field will likely create a path to career advancement for tech professionals, as well as those across industries like manufacturing, healthcare, and finance.

Take a look at Simplilearn’s PG in Data Science and Data Science Bootcamp course details, advisors and trainers, and student reviews and see if it’s the right fit for your upskilling journey. 

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