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Simplilearn Reviews: Making the Shift from Academia to Data Scientist

Sonal Jawale

Sonal Jawale

14+ years

Fund-Research GIX

Fund-Research GIX

CRISIL Limited

Senior Analyst

Senior Analyst


I live in Pune, Maharashtra, with my family. After 11 years+ of working as an Assistant Professor in an Engineering college, I felt my career was stagnating. I wanted to move from teaching to the corporate field. Friends and colleagues cautioned me to not be too ambitious, but I was interested in Data Science. I knew I had to upskill and started looking for Data Science courses online.

In January 2020, I decided to leave my teaching job and enroll in Simplilearn’s Data Scientist Master’s Program. I chose Simplilearn because it is a professional online platform with great content, and offers flexible learning options. Also, top companies acknowledge the brand value of Simplilearn’s certification.

I found Simplilearn’s trainers to be very professional and friendly. They have good subject knowledge and were able to answer all of my questions. The sessions are very interesting and interactive. While enrolled in the Data Scientist program, I gained enough skills to obtain a contractual job at CRISIL. I worked there for one year while continuing the program. I took evening classes and studied on weekends while my husband helped with the kids.

After finishing the program, I searched for better job opportunities and was hired by Capgemini as a Senior Analyst. I credit Simplilearn’s certification and the skills I acquired for helping me ace the interview, stand apart from other candidates, and get the job. The job also came with a 71 percent salary increase.

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Simplilearn’s program was the catalyst for my career development. I developed much-needed skills in Data Science, especially Python and Tableau. Long-term, I want to work for top MNCs and continue to grow as a Data Scientist. Simplilearn’s program boosted my confidence in my technical and communication skills. My entire experience was so positive, I’m now enrolled in another Master’s course.

I believe there is no age limit to learning and changing jobs or fields. You can do it with the right direction and guidance!

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