5 traits of great Analysts

Be approachable

A knowledgeable Billy-no-mates is only as good as the number of hours they have in their day. Analysing data is flat out complex and an entire team should be able to ask the analyst relevant questions, about what and where the data came from to facilitate the process.
Fearless Indiana Jones of Digital.­

Although you may be better acquainted with various platforms and software, but you should make peace with or embrace learning new CMS systems, social media management tools or analytics software. Learning to use new tools in this industry is right behind death, taxes and a broken umbrella in London.­Finding correlations and causal relationships should be your strength. You should be curious about the company and its functions, this will help you interpret intriguing data.­
Be an advocate of digital but don’t let it be your life support.­

Get your hands dirty with big data, many systems will try simplify it-which can result in a loss of important information and relevance.­If your current employer is not training you on how to use Cassandra, MongoDB or Hadoop, then install them on your personal computer and sign on for online tutorials. Perhaps even download some free datasets (Twitter data being a hot favourite) and start cracking some real-world problems.­
Be humble

Never let experience blind-sight you, always look for something to disprove your findings or ways to improve your method. Test, re-test and test again.­

To find a project or company that will draw out your best,­ “Throw ­us­­­ the CV; we’ll throw you the whip!”

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