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Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/30/2015 10:54:14 PM
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Maryam, it's interesting that you're lamenting the job descriptions. It's often those explicit job descriptions, paired with unerring analytical programs, that get blamed for the problem you're referring to. So bad people analytics is hurting the analytics job market?

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/29/2015 5:43:22 PM
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Jim it's sad and very true so many of the job descriptions create their own problems causing good candidates to be scared away. Expecting a candidate to have everything on your wish list is unreasonable there may be an excellent candidate that 75% of the skill set and can be trained into the rest of the job with ease. These types of candidates are often times the best since they get knowledge of the organization as they get up to speed, long term they are great contributors.

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/22/2015 3:25:42 PM
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@Maryam. There's an irony in those job requirements that are a combination of lofty business experience and "grunt" technical skills. I suspect that those organizations that want analytics pros with deep technical experience are guilty of keeping their own tech people locked off in some back room wrestling with bytes, leaving them no chance to interact with the business side of things. And, they wonder why the database folks don't have "soft skills".

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/22/2015 3:15:48 PM
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Jim LOL it's so funny I was reading a job description the other day and thought where are they going to find this person? The writers sometimes have goals that are so lofty it makes filling the position impossible and dissuade qualified candidates that don't walk on water from applying.

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/22/2015 3:13:02 PM
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Terry I completely understand your preference, new grads require a lot of training to bridge the gap between education and professional integration. The "hit the ground running: seasoned employee is always more attractive but much pricier. If the recent grads were put into training programs at jobs as they were years ago it might help them get up and running more quickly, but so many of those programs don't exist anymore.

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/21/2015 9:33:19 AM
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The Kaggle idea seems to mostly be a PR exercise netting just a few candidates that would work out. I'd think recruiting from the military might be worth explanation. For decaded, although not so much lately, airlines recruited military pilots with the reward promised of high salaries. 

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/20/2015 10:36:23 AM
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@Maryam. Thanks for the update on the status of women in market research. Here's a challenge for someone in the analytics community -- a project that would draw a lot of interest throughout the working community: Quantify not only the number of women working in and advancing in various business sectors/job types. But also quantify (survey, social media, discrimination suits, job satisfaction,  etc.) how well accepted women are in those various sectors. The latter is the tough part.

Over my years in business I've witnessed a lot of positive change in how some populations in the workforce have moved from being discriminated against to mainstream. Clearly, there's a lot more to be done, but I wonder if an analytics project can reflect progress and ongoing challenges through metrics.

 

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/20/2015 10:24:45 AM
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@Terry. While your wish list for analytics pros (MBA, maturity, business experience, and technical skills) may be to big for the current reality, it's a lot shorter than what some employers are asking for in their job postings. I reviewing some of those postings I think the only missing qualifications are winning baseball's triple crown, a Nobel Prize, and the medal of honor.

 

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/20/2015 10:06:24 AM
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@Maryam. You're on target. Mentoring is a terribly overlooked corporate asset. I suspect that it has fallen by the wayside over the past 10 years or so. Maybe it's a case where existing, experienced staff is overtaxed as companies focus on "efficiency" and the short term.

Re: Talent shortage
  • 7/18/2015 12:17:27 PM
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Maryam, I love your idea of bifurcated cultivation inhouse and externally. Smart companies know they have to do this; as am employer, though, I'd be less interested in grads with analytics education than I would be in more mature MBA students with business experience AND technical know-how. This wish list may be too large for the current reality, however.

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