What made you decide to enroll in Level?
Before Level, I worked as a high school math teacher. When I decided to leave teaching, I started looking for new jobs and hoped my math major would help me get a job in the data analytics field. I soon realized that I didn’t have the technical skills needed for the kinds of roles I was looking for. I tried learning Excel, SQL, and R on my own online, but since I hadn’t done many real projects with them, I couldn’t confidently say that I had those skills. I enrolled in Level because I wanted to say without doubt that I knew how to use those technical skills to work on real analytics projects. I also liked that with the full-time program, I could gain those skills in only 8 weeks, much faster than I would be able to on my own.
What did you want to get out of Level?
I was hoping to use new skills to work on analytics projects in a variety of contexts. I liked that I would also be able to see how analytics is used across industries so I’d be able to get a better idea of what type of company I wanted to work for. I was especially excited about the Capstone Project because it meant that I’d be able to get to know a real company and work on a real project. I knew that I would feel much more confident in my skills after completing the Capstone successfully.
Did Level help you change your career the way you wanted to?
Definitely! I now work at Ellevation Education as a Data Integration Specialist. I use Excel and SQL regularly and feel comfortable using them because of Level. While I don’t use R or Tableau, I do use Python and Google Data Studio often. Since I already had experience quickly learning new skills in Level, I felt comfortable picking up new software and tools in my new job.
What’s next for you after Level?
I’m interested in transitioning to a Business Intelligence or Data Science position down the road, but for now I’m happy in my new position. I’m still learning new things everyday.
As a Level graduate, what advice do you have for current and future students?
Level is a great opportunity to help you get a better picture of what you want from a career. Pay attention to which technology and skills you like using the most and which types of projects interest you. You can also learn a lot by talking to classmates and guest speakers about their experiences.