Getting a Data Analytics job in Nigeria

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Sodiq Nov 17

If there’s one thing that scares every college graduate in Nigeria, it’s unemployment.  You’d have heard about how people distribute their CVs even before they conclude their mandatory NYSC program. 

Today, being work-ready is the only way to land yourself a dream job. And work-ready translates to having technology skills that most organizations are hiring for. World Bank reports that 70% of companies recruit internationally for digital talent because of the lack of skilled locals. 

In Nigeria, over 21.7 million people are unemployed. And the majority are youths between ages 25 and 34. To take yourself out of this wicked category, learning a tech skill is of the essence. 

From Machine Learning to Mobile App Development, UI/UX design, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, and Data Analytics, there’s a lot you can learn. And aside from the relevance, likability, and adaptability, this presents, it also raises your value and easily hands you a job if you position yourself properly. 

In this post, I will show you the easiest step to getting a data analytics job in Nigeria so you don’t suffer what others did for 4 years.

Ready?

Let’s dive in.

Understand your journey

Data analytics is applicable in every sphere of life. Everything you do generates data and if you carefully study this, you can utilize the data for valuable decision making. Likewise, for organizations, you’d want to be of service to.

You will understand your journey by carefully examining your talents and interests - then you can find a nexus of how it can help your chosen organization. Make a list of what you like to do and find a way to relate it to how data comes with value in the industry. You might need to get help to figure this out. 

When you know the value you intend to bring to an organization, this propels you towards the questions and projects you’d choose to work on. And you can begin to familiarise yourself with the industry language. 

Learn Data Analytics Skill

The career prospects in data analytics are amazing. This is because of the number of data flying around in businesses every day. As many people wrongfully thought, data analysis is not for math-related graduates alone, anyone can learn it. Even you.

But how do you learn Data Analytics?

Pretty simple. Anywhere. Physical or online.

But very few of these resources will provide you with the necessary value to operate independently as data analysts. They only provide you with videos and there’s no accountability and support system to ensure mastery of the course.

So, you get no value.

But you can choose to learn it with 100% support and accountability and come out as a full stack data analyst in just 4 weeks. And the team drill you for another 3 months so that you can weather the storm when you are faced with a task alone.

To get maximum value, a Data Analytics course should help you gain clarity by defining your goal for any analysis, how to collect the right data to help answer this question, and understanding the entire process of data analytics from data cleaning/wrangling to getting valuable insights for informed decisions.

Build a portfolio

Data analytics skill is often difficult to showcase in an interview. Employers always want to see the real value that a candidate can offer before handing them the job. 

The best way to increase your employability is to have something to show your potential employer, say a portfolio. A portfolio shows that you’ve actually built the skills versus telling that you do, and it showcases how you’ve transformed the knowledge into action.

You can build a portfolio by working on a personal data analytics project and actively tell the story on professional platforms like LinkedIn, or you can set up a data analytics blog to document your experience.

Utiva Inc helps you get this off the bat by putting you through a 3-months virtual internship program so that you can build this portfolio and have a story to tell in your interview. 

Summary

Transitioning into any role is pretty easy. All you need to do is to get clarity on how the journey will be by seeking expert advice, learn the required skills, and show to your recruiter that you’re the best candidate for the job.

Are you ready to take the next step to get a data analytics job in Nigeria? Talk to the Data Incubator Program Lead to get you started.