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4 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM TOP DATA LEADERS AT CDO APEX EAST EVENT

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Recently the Chief Data & Analytics Officer (CDAO) Apex East gathered more than 40 enterprise data leaders from businesses like Unilever and Walmart. Since data analytics is one of the fastest-growing fields today, we were excited to attend and learn more about how leading enterprises are creating data-driven cultures and implementing emerging technologies like AI and machine learning (ML).

While the event covered important technical topics ranging from data quality to data lakehouses, the biggest challenge facing data leaders wasn’t on the formal agenda. Almost everyone we spoke with echoed the same theme: recruiting, training and retaining data talent is becoming increasingly difficult in today’s hot labor market.

We spoke with multiple data leaders about how they are getting creative and innovating to solve their talent challenges.

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Just Launched: The Next Evolution of Our Certified Marketer Solutions

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We know that marketing has come a long way since the days of Don Draper’s gut feelings. Yesterday’s marketers relied on just a few one-way channels to spread the word about their product, often doing little more than informing audiences of its existence.

But as the internet burst with new means of connection, marketers have upped the ante, using the abundance of platforms to build high-performing, reciprocal relationships with ever more-sophisticated consumers.

The modern marketer is part artist, part data analyst, part tech pro — and our marketing teams now call for skills once only common in engineering organizations. Marketing leaders must recruit effective marketers with a wide range of skills, but for even the most adaptive leader, it’s near impossible to keep up with the rate of change.

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What Jobs Can You Get After a Coding Bootcamp? 4 Tech Career Options

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So, you want to do a coding bootcamp, but you’re unsure of the career opportunities post-graduation. Here is your ultimate guide to where a coding bootcamp can take you, how a coding bootcamp works, hot tips from GA’s coding bootcamp graduates, and much more. 

What is a Coding Bootcamp?

A coding bootcamp can also be described as a concentrated course that teaches the essential skills and real-world coding acumen in a short-term intensive and often immersive education program. 

The history of the coding bootcamp began in 2011 when a forward-thinking tech company offered a five-month free developer training with a job guarantee for those who finished the program. Eleven years later, the popularity of coding bootcamps has exploded as the demand for employment of software developers and engineers is projected to rise by 22% between 2020 and 2030. 

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DATA ANALYTICS VS DATA SCIENCE: WHICH CAREER IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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First and foremost, it’s critical to understand the difference between data analytics and data science. To do so, let’s take a look at a definition of both. According to Northeastern University, data analysis involves answering questions generated for better business decision-making. It uses existing information to uncover actionable data and focuses on specific areas with specific goals. 

On the other hand, data science focuses on discovering new questions that you might not have realized needed answering to drive business innovation. Keep reading for an in-depth overview of both disciplines to decide which career path would better suit your career aspirations.

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Get Your First Data Analytics Job in 4 Steps (No Degree Required)

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Making a career change can be scary, especially if self-doubt of “I’m not good enough” starts creeping in. However, there is no point in staying in a job or career that no longer brings you joy or fulfills you professionally. 

If you’re reconsidering your career, you’re not alone — over the last two years, over 50% of employed Americans have considered a total career revamp. Chances are, you know a relative or friend who is going through a similar career dilemma right now.

If you’re considering making a bold move to data analytics, we’ve got you covered. Understand if a career in Data Analytics is right for you in four easy steps.

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How to Change Careers When You
Have a Family

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Whether you’ve had a gap in your resume or are fed up with your current job, a career change with a family can be daunting. Why? It’s not only you that you have to consider. 

A career change for a parent means an adjustment for the entire family. You may need to reshuffle your family’s schedule, childcare, and household responsibilities to transition into a new job, plus adjustments for any training you need along the way.  

Many career changers don’t make a career pivot despite having kids, they do it because of their kids. You might want a more flexible schedule, more time off, or a pay bump to support your growing family. Remember: watching you burn out in a toxic job isn’t the kind of example you want to set. 

The career path that worked for you in your twenties may not work for you anymore, and that’s okay. Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. That’s why we asked a real-life career changer for tips to help you reinvent your future.. 

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The Top 5 Highest-Paying Careers in Tech (2022)

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Careers in tech

It’s no secret. Tech talent is in high demand across industries, but finding people with the skill sets to fill these roles has been challenging, causing competition amongst businesses for talent in tech — in software engineering, UX design, data science, and digital marketing. As a result, jobs in data analytics, computer science, cloud computing, software engineering, digital marketing, and others pay well.

So what does “pay well” really mean? Using data from PayScale, Glassdoor.com, we’ve put together the numbers for the most common entry level tech jobs. (Note: salary levels quoted below are for the U.S. and can vary from country to country.)
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4 Career Change Lies We Tell Ourselves – and How to Find the Truth

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There’s been a lot of change over the last two years. Not just turning living rooms into shared offices, but a total reprioritization of how people want to spend their lives and, subsequently, their careers.

In fact, 20% of American workers have changed jobs since the pandemic began—the majority being millennials and Gen Z, who’ve been working long enough to know what’s not working for them. 

But changing your career can be one of life’s most frustrating, emotionally exhausting transitions. If you’ve been doing your soul-searching, hitting endless “Apply now” buttons, and you’re drowning in automated rejection emails, you’re not alone. 

No matter how hard it gets, don’t let these four lies hold you back:

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GA’s Learning Philosophy
Step 1: Understand Learners’ Goals

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As we begin a new year, I’m reflecting on what I’ve learned during my first calendar year at General Assembly. Ultimately, I came to GA because I am excited about how instructors, curriculum designers, career coaches, and support teams work with passion and creativity to create truly human learning experiences for learners embarking on the journey of reskilling. Although this journey is exciting, it can be scary. And this is always top of mind.

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Jessica Vollman Foundation Sponsorship for Women Entrepreneurs

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General Assembly is excited to announce in partnership with the Jessica (Jess) Vollman Foundation, a sponsorship opportunity for passionate women entrepreneurs in the NYC area looking to gain skills to take their business to the next level. In addition to fully covered access to GA supplemental skills training, the recipients will become founding members of the Jessica Vollman Foundation community. Interested candidates can apply here!

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