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Big Data Job Hunting: Unconventional Advice
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PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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6/17/2014 | 6:46:27 PM
Re: Only so many



greatarticle.thisisanareaiwouldliketopursuefurther. 
iwillworktowardsfollowingthetipsfromthearticle.  inmycase,idon'thavethatmybackgroundinstatistics. iknowforbigdatarolesstatisticsisveryimportant.
Laurianne
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6/17/2014 | 2:44:05 PM
Re: Only so many
Right, I have heard music background mentioned as a fit with big data roles. Also, life sciences can be a fit.
Stratustician
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6/17/2014 | 2:20:15 PM
Re: Only so many
What about the creative element required for Big Data, that is the ability to see connections and correlations between data.  Many have argued that having a more creative background would be a great asset to have to a data scientist.  This would indeed be great news for those less technical folks who are looking for a career in Big Data but are intimidated as they might view it as a very technical field.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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6/16/2014 | 5:17:01 PM
Refreshing
It is refreshing to hear from big data company experts and IT leaders who say the clever companies will be willing to hire -- and train -- outside the box. And to hear from those who have done it, successfully. As always, you may have to be creative to get around the initial screen.
Charlie Babcock
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6/16/2014 | 3:57:28 PM
Just in time, just enough knowledge
Proof once again, if it's needed, that sometimes just enough knowledge to work with available data is better than a whole lot of knowledge that requires lots of prerequisites to get going.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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6/16/2014 | 2:07:19 PM
Your people can adapt and learn
The key point I've taken away from recent interviews is that your exisitng staff is capable of learning new tricks -- particularly if they are curious and tenacious. Yes, you may need a new employee or two, but they don't necessarily have to be a PhDs. Paytronix hired a few newbies out of college and had them report to their senior software development engineer who really headed up all the big data work.
ChrisMurphy
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6/16/2014 | 9:23:35 AM
Re: Only so many
Proving yourself capable of working with messy data strikes me as particularly good advice, even more so than industry expertise. We've heard from a lot of CIOs saying that data quality and getting accurate data remains a challenge in the Internet of things/ industrial Internet applications.. 
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/14/2014 | 10:19:01 PM
Only so many
There are only so many PhDs, and pepole willing to leave academia to work in big data within the private sector. That may cause a lack of talent in the industry for a while, but technology will compensation. I imagine that things like machine learning will help to bridge the gap. 

And I don't see anything wrong with an IT person with a thing for statistics getting into the space. The idea that mere interest in data should be enough to find work in this specialty makes a lot of sense to me. 


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