Manjul Nikumbh
SAS Programming Analyst, FedEx Express
"How I moved from teaching to a career in Analytics"
Manjul Nikumbh was at a career cross-roads having worked for 3.5 years as an Assistant Professor. He was itching to move from academia into industry but wasn’t able to convince recruiters who were looking for industry experience. Read on to see how Edvancer helped him make the shift:
My background
I’m Manjul Nikumbh and I’m an E & TC Engineer with masters in VLSI & Embedded Systems Design. I’d been working as an Assistant Professor in an Engineering college in Nasik for the past 3.5 years. Currently I’m employed at FedEx Express as a SAS Programming Analyst – Revenue Management post my course at Edvancer.
Why Analytics as a career option?
While teaching engineering, I came to know about analytics from one of my students who was going to pursue analytics as a career. I was curious and started doing some primary internet based research, read forums like Quora, etc. I had conversations with people from a similar domain via LinkedIn to know more about analytics as a career option. Mostly the doubt that I had was how would I transition from teaching to analytics, my acceptability to recruiters, job prospects and would my prior experience be considered etc.
How did you make your choice regarding choosing a training institute?
While searching for training institutes I found Edvancer to be amongst the top training institutes across the country. I spoke to the counselors at length regarding my doubts and they patiently clarified each of them and counselled me towards the right course. In fact they were the only ones who gave me such detailed explanation and also the contact details of their alumni before joining the course, which no other institute was ready to provide. I had researched other institutes like Jigsaw Academy, Simplilearn, Analytixlabs but found Edvancer to be the best. Also an analytics course with placement assistance was one of the factors that I looked for as one of the criteria and I was reasonably assured by Edvancer and the alumni I spoke to about the same. I pursued the Certified Business Analytics Professional course at Edvancer which was suitable for my background.
Course and learning experience
Edvancer’s Certified Business Analytics Professional course introduced me to the world of analytics and then deep dived into the tools like R and statistical concepts. While I had some doubts regarding an online course having never taken one before but once the online classes started it felt very easy to learn. I enjoyed the weekend course, as it would give time to work and study during the week. The faculties who were from the industry were very knowledgeable and their practical examples always helped. The course material is good, full of examples and case studies and the practice material is more than enough. You can spend hours practicing. The project was extremely helpful in giving the real world exposure.
How he made his career shift to analytics within 6 months of starting the course
Edvancer helped me create a resume and kept sending across various opportunities in analytics. I applied for them and got some interviews. Separately I also found companies that worked in analytics and registered on their careers section. I applied for relevant positions on the companies’ sites and via job portals. I updated my LinkedIn profile and got in touch with the relevant people there. I participated in Analytics Vidhya and Kaggle competitions to enhance my learning and keep in touch with the subject. I found my role at FedEx via LinkedIn. I indicated my interest in the post, sent the resume which Edvancer helped create and the rest followed.
The interview process
The process comprised of two rounds. A pen-paper test on SAS and Excel VBA for 45mins each followed by a technical interview where they quizzed me on SAS, basic statistics and predictive modeling. What I had learnt in the course completely helped me to crack the interview.
Advice for data science aspirants
Being new to analytics you would have apprehensions all around. Google and research to get over them. Patience is the key here. People might scare you regarding your background and its suitability for analytics but don’t worry. If you are interested and determined, you can easily learn analytics and can showcase your skills in the interviews. Choose your tool wisely to learn analytics, there are many. Start doing it on your own and practice regularly.

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