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Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/31/2013 2:12:22 PM
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Hospice, another point is their familarity with the organization in which the employees are trained.  Understanding how a  business operates helps to better visualize how big data is applicable.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/30/2013 12:41:34 PM
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Broadway, everyone makes his own valuation. If one has the experience and skills desired in the market, the paycheck looks like a job switching bonus. For others it may just be a relief factor and the beginning of tougher times to search for new roles.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/30/2013 12:32:34 PM
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Hospice, no doubt about it. When there is no choice, you have got to train people from the inside or people with near relevant skills.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/29/2013 1:29:56 AM
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@WasqasAltaf    Agreed.   This is where those "soft-skills" come into play.   The difference between a good and great data scientist in my book.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/29/2013 1:27:26 AM
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@Broadway  Very true.  And I am affraid that scenario is more prevalent then we would like to believe or admit.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/28/2013 6:07:58 PM
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When the skills become scarce, spending three months training employees to get acquainted with the technology is better than not having anyone to work with at all. If the programmer is ready to learn the data scientist skills, why not?

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/28/2013 5:59:41 PM
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Waqas, with many of these industries, they pay well enough that people are willing to take a risk of being one of the fired for that paycheck.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/28/2013 2:47:05 PM
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kq4ym, true. It gets really tough if the shortage is so severe that even the external labour market does not have the required skilled labour. Just to elaborate, it would be like training a software programmer to become a network security analyst so one can imagine that the person would take minimum 3 months to get acquainted with how things work.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/28/2013 2:11:05 PM
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kicheko, agreed. People these days must learn to be flexible and be open and welcoming to new learning opportunities. If one is willing to get trained then he can adapt to the skills required in existing vacancies unless they are too specialized in nature.

Re: No buzzwords? No problem!
  • 10/28/2013 8:51:15 AM
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When there's a lack of already trained personnel, there's no choice but to hire and train. At some point when the supply exceeds the demand, companies will be able to pick and choose and the training aspect will naturally go down. But cycles go up and go down. So, there's always going to be a boom and bust scenario in finding the right talent.

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