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Jorge Mario Guzman Olaya
As documented by Jorge Mario Guzmán Olaya
I have over 20 years of experience in data management. I first came across Simplilearn’s courses during the pandemic when I wanted to know more about the tech domain and take advantage of the data science boom.
At that time, I was working with Smith’s Detection as a program and channel partner manager. My job was to recruit and maintain relationships with channel partners and to design commercial strategies. While studying channel partners, I handled a lot of data and wanted to find an effective way to streamline my work. Simplilearn’s Big Data Hadoop & Spark Developer online course helped me accomplish that.
Upskilling is Part of Career Growth
I started upskilling myself 11 years ago and have continually applied the new skills and knowledge acquired to the job. I believe upskilling is necessary to thrive and grow in one’s career.
I have taken several other courses with Simplilearn, such as Data Science with Python, Data Science with R, ITIL 4, Tableau, and Professional Certificate Program in AI and Machine Learning. My LinkedIn profile gets views, and interviewers are impressed with my resume wherever I apply. Six months after completing Simplilearn’s Big Data Hadoop & Spark Developer in October 2021, I started working as a partner manager with Simetrik, a Colombia-based FinTech start-up.
Applying New Skills
I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained from Simplilearn’s Big Data course at my current job. As a partner manager, I help provide my company with the vision to grow outside the commercial space by recruiting partners in Latin America. This recruiting process requires a lot of data analysis, and I have to see how many companies are willing to become partners and review their numbers. Once I finish recruiting, I will be working to grow the partnership, including working on a lot of data.
After I took Simplilearn’s Big Data course, I was able to solve a problem for my previous company. We were unsure how to evaluate the performance of channel partners on a year-on-year basis. We had sales data, but it was not a complete picture of the channel partners’ performance.
As documented by Milan Mithbaokar
Originally from India, I lived in the United States for 15 years. I have worked in the IT sector for the past 20 years. My job with Dell EMC required extensive travel, which I no longer wanted to do, so I explored other options in the industry. I worked with big corporations such as Reliance in India, and I enjoyed its corporate structure. So, I decided to get back to the corporate work life.
I joined Fortinet as a principal DevOps infrastructure engineer after shifting my focus to DevOps. DevOps combines software development and IT operations to shorten the systems development life cycle and deliver high-quality software. After working in this capacity for a year, I felt I needed to upskill my talents in DevOps and signed up for Simplilearn’s online bootcamp.
I chose Simplilearn’s PGP in DevOps course in association with Caltech CTME. Simplilearn offers its course online, and I found the curriculum quite interesting. My employers also recognized the value of the course, which was another plus point for me.
Now I can apply the knowledge I gained from the course to my work. Before the course, it was challenging for me to carry out particular assignments and projects because I came from an infrastructure background. Now, my employer knows that I have taken this course and can handle a broader range of tasks. Based on Caltech CTME certification, I can ask for more projects from my employers.
My experience with Simplilearn was great. Before joining the course, I knew that I was going for DevOps, but the course gave me a structural understanding of it.
Simplilearn’s course selection stood out in the crowd
Once I decided to upskill myself, I researched different courses and universities. I discovered Simplilearn’s PGP in DevOps course in association with Caltech CTME, which has a positive reputation. It immediately caught my attention. Simplilearn offers an online course that fits my needs, especially during the pandemic. Also, I am a full-time working professional, so I prefer learning online. But I enrolled in the course after seeing the curriculum, and it was everything I sought. Simplilearn is true to its name — learn simply.
My employers also recognized the value of the course, which was another plus point for me.
Overcoming hesitation about learning online
My experience with Simplilearn has been great. Before joining the course, I decided to get into DevOps, but the course gave me a structural understanding of it. Interestingly, my wife was hesitant about me taking a digital course, and she thought the experience might not be as beneficial as in-person [DN1] classes, but it turned out to be valuable. The instructors were excellent. Also, studying with people from different backgrounds and experience levels was something new.
As documented by Robinson Ifeakachukwu Ebunu
I am an Economist, Business Analyst, and Support Analyst at Gexel Telecom. I have experience working with cross-functional teams in the development, documentation, and delivery of process innovations, driving the attainment of business goals for three years. I live in Montreal, Canada and I hold a Master’s degree in Economics from Afe Babalola University.
Motivation for Certification
I recently upskilled myself through the Business Analysis Master’s Program with Simplilearn. I upskilled myself to enhance my knowledge of Business Analysis and get certified. While working in my role as an analyst, I realized that I needed to upskill myself to stand out from the crowd and grow in my career. Therefore, I chose Simplilearn and took the course on Business Analysis.
Stand-Out Course Features
Simplilearn had various unique features that made the learning journey smooth and fruitful. I liked that the course provided hands-on experience with a practice lab that helped me implement the knowledge in my current role. The industry experts as instructors gave me a lot of exposure to various case studies of different industries. I learned a lot of things about my field because of the comprehensive curriculum that the course offers.
As documented by John Scott
I have served as Walmart’s vice president of global finance technology and innovation for nearly five years. When you are in a position to lead engineers and technologists, and you are striving to advance the capabilities of a company or a function, you have to understand what is feasible and possible technically. You have to understand how you can apply that technology practically to achieve the outcomes you seek. I wanted to learn more about what data science can do to accomplish such tasks and better understand the capabilities that exist so that I can apply them in other opportunities. I enrolled in Simplilearn’s Professional Certificate Program In Data Science with Purdue University.
The Importance of Upskilling
Life is a learning journey, and you should always look to learn. Everyone has their learning style, and you must stay plugged into what’s happening in the industry. Upskilling is important so that you can apply current learnings to solve business problems that have existed for years. You will have better solutions that way.
How Upskilling Helps Senior Leadership
As a senior leader, you should know what your weaknesses are, and you should always choose to fill those gaps. Technology has taken a quantum leap in the last five years. There have been many changes, such as the ability to move massive amounts of data, the cloud, sharing computers across different geographies, accessing vast amounts of data, and synthesizing that data into something meaningful quickly. Although you can understand the theoretical component of it at a high level, knowing the actual technology behind it can give you a better framework of what’s possible. Knowing that is what upskilling does for anyone.
Professionals Need to Stay on Top of Change
Yes, the expectation is that we all should seek opportunities to get better. If you are not improving yourself, you fall further and further behind daily. If you are not going forward, everyone else is leaving you behind. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take a year-long program, but the dedication to improve and grow in specific areas is important.
Data Science Can Improve Business Insights
If you choose to upskill yourself, you already know that there is some deficit. I admit that I needed to upskill. I am in numerous business meetings where we discuss daily challenges. The challenges today are far more complex and require a significant amount of understanding. You have to know how the manipulation or acquisition of data can be applied to a given process. It can improve insights, get financial results, or help make determinations. I realized that data science is one methodology we can apply. It helped me to have that context and understand the process and steps needed to accomplish those goals.