As documented by, Dhanya Sasidharan.

I received an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree in 2004 and a master’s in Power Electronics in 2006 before starting my career as a software engineer at Wabco-TVS (now Wabco India.) I then joined Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions in 2013 as a project manager. My employer knew I had the skills and mindset for a more senior role, and promoted me to a PMO Lead position not long after I started. This was a period of significant professional growth for me. 

My new job responsibilities included mentoring and coaching project managers, as well as developing an in-house reporting tool to display the status of each project. While working on this, I realized that there were delays in pulling out the results. I needed access to better tools in order to be more efficient and effective in my new role.

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I knew I could do a much better job predicting results and analyzing where (and how) project bottlenecks were occurring only with the help of in-depth analysis. I concluded that formal training in data science would allow me to bridge the gap and help my team become more efficient and productive. 

I was looking for a flexible and cost-effective training program; after all, I still had full-time management duties during the day and would need to convince my managers that it was a smart investment. Fortunately, my employer understood the importance of investing in employee training both as a way of improving performance and retaining top performers.

I learned about Simplilearn through colleagues and friends and was impressed with their feedback. Since Simplilearn was already one of the online training providers associated with Bosch, my company was able to negotiate a good rate for me and four of my colleagues to enroll in their Data Scientist course.

I took the training on weekends and in my free time during the weekdays. The flexibility of the course allowed me to maintain my busy work schedule while I learned analytics and data science hands-on. I also appreciated the blend of live, instructor-led classes and self-guided video lessons. When I had technical questions, Simplilearn’s support team helped me in a timely manner.

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Overall, I was satisfied with the learning experience, which was clear and thorough. My favorite course within the program was Business Analytics with Excel. I found the courses on R and SAS to be a little technical—although I was able to catch up. Once I completed the certification, I took a few free courses on topics such as Lean management, CompTIA cloud plus, and DevOps.

Armed with the right tools, I was now able to take my role at Bosch to new heights and empower others within my department. I was promoted to full-time product owner after completing my training. I not only understood what needed to be implemented in order to make my team more effective, I now had the specific skills and practical experience to make it happen.

My team’s productivity improved significantly, as I was able to help them derive insights from data and analyze what had to be done at any given point. Essentially, the training gave me more visibility into the data, which allowed me to be more decisive as a product owner.

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But don’t just take my word for it; clients from renowned automakers Audi, Jaguar, BMW, and Volkswagen have praised my team’s product. While I became much more successful and satisfied in my role, the ripple effect of my roughly 12-month learning experience benefitted my employer, colleagues, and clients as well.  

With this course, I have been able to chase my dream successfully. I believe Simplilearn’s programs are accessible to anyone who wants to boost their skills and career. I’m not done learning, either, and plan to pursue additional Data Science courses.

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