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From B.Com (Hons)to a Career in Data Science

From B.Com (Hons)to a Career in Data Science

By - Sahil Prasad, Board Infinity Alumni

1. My Early Career Journey

My name is Sahil Prasad. I was born and brought up in Kolkata.

In school, I was an above-average student who disliked Mathematics. But, Math followed me everywhere.

As I finished school, my interest grew in Business Studies and surprisingly, in Accountancy as well, and I decided to pursue B.Com (Hons). I joined Prafull Chandra College in Kolkata in 2016.

However, due to a lack of any sense of direction, I decided to take a year off to decide my next career move. For many B.Com graduates, the obvious next step is CA or CFM, but I neither had the money nor the time to invest in clearing these tough exams. What I wanted was something that was less chaotic and could offer me speedy growth.

While I was on my way to discovering my career interests, I decided to work at a Call Centre in Kolkata since sitting idle wouldn't do any good. The next part of my life changed things for me drastically.

Oftentimes, life-changing events occur out of nowhere and when you would expect them the least. Mine was a call with Navya, a regular client who was aware of my career confusion and is now a good friend. One day, Navya advised me to look for job-oriented certification courses.

She said, "In case you have no plans for the future and no money to invest in CA and CFM exams, you can take up a short-term course and make a career transition in Data Science."

That was the first time I had heard the term "Data Science". Thanks to YouTube, I could do some research on it and discovered the huge market with a bright shining future. As a result, I became aware of terms like Data Engineer, Machine Learning Engineer, Data Analyst, Business Consultant and the high demands of these roles in the job market. Once I found out that companies were only looking for basic knowledge, I decided to give it a shot!

2. My Journey with Board Infinity

Without any further delay, I immediately contacted Board Infinity, where Aditya guided me through the Data Science Course and clarified all my doubts. I joined Board Infinity in September 2020 and now when I look back, I feel it was the wisest decision of my life.

My experience with Board Infinity has been a life-changing one. Because of the course, I could learn so many new things that I had no idea about. All the credit goes to the coaches who patiently guided me through every module and ensured that we develop a decent understanding.

Before joining this course, I had no idea about Advance Excel, SQL, Python, Data Visualization, or Dashboarding. But, with helpful guidance from the coaches and long hours of self-study of these modules to the core, I could finally develop a deep understanding of this entirely new career field.

With time, I could overcome my fear of Math as Math plays an integral part in Data Science. Each module in Data Science raised the bar on the math involved. Finally, I stopped running away from it and got a hold of the subject with focused learning as I dedicated time to learn math.

3. Placement Day

All my hard work paid off on my placement day when I got placed at Fragma Data System. On my placement day, I was only nervous about the technical rounds as communication was not a problem for me. I was able to leave an impression on my recruiters by answering all of the questions about SQL correctly!

I am grateful to the Board Infinity coaches and especially my program managers - Samriddhi and Tejas who helped me a lot regarding the job. I joined Fragma Data System as their Business Consultant on August 11.

In the future, I would like to work for companies like Genpact, Capgemini, or Deloitte as I gain experience in Data Science. For the people who are confused about pursuing their career in Data Science, I just want to tell them that even if you have below-average academic achievements, you can learn Data Science and have a surprising impact on your career life.

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