My Encouragement to Udacity Data Analyst Graduates

You’ve got the technical chops b/c you got your degree! Now, if you play well with others and can work well within the structure of teams, then I’d apply for every friggin’ data analyst position you can find. The best bet, based on my experience, is to get face time with a real, live, breathing person to showcase who you are. Virtual is really tough (but doable!) it’s just that you are competing with the entire planet vs. a few local candidates.

And keep working on personal projects that showcase your skills which will allow you to impress interviewers. Talking about my Udacity projects, especially an industry-tailored project, gave me a lot in common to talk about to interviewers. It sets up common ground to talk at the same level playing field. It shows potential hiring managers that you’ve tackled projects on your own in their field of interest. In my case, it was a healthcare-related data cleaning and visualization project. – Peter Bakke