Shop Talk: 2022-01-17

The Recording

The Panelists

  • Kevin Feasel
  • Mala Mahadevan
  • Mike Chrestensen

Notes: Questions and Topics

SQLbits Coming Up

Our first topic of the night hit on SQLbits, which is coming up March 8-12. Registration is open right now and there are in-person and virtual options available. Note that this is a paid conference.

Becoming a Data Analyst

Our main topic of the night came in from a chat question:

I want to become a data analyst. I’m currently working in a profession not related to tech. Is this a pipe dream?

This is a great question and we spend a lot of time on (hopefully!) practical tips on how to get into the world of data analysis. Mike, Mala, and I come at this from different angles and one of the things I reiterate a few times is that data work is a career people move into, not start in. Quite often, somebody starts in a different field, begins to do data analysis within that area, and eventually decides to specialize in it when they find out how fun it is.

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