Part 4 of a New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst

If you are reading this in 2021, you may ask yourself, how can I network in a pandemic? If I can’t leave the house for fear of contracting a deadly virus, how can I possibly network?

TL;DR

If you’re a minority in the tech field of any kind, use it.

How to find professional groups

Use smaller job boards — the smaller, the better

If you’re a minority in the tech field of any kind, use your identity to find professional groups.

Are you a woman? Gay? What about Black? Okay, well maybe, Asian? Do you live in a city or near one? (Seriously. Any city will do.) Do you code in Python? …


Part 3 of a New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst

Contents

Using LinkedIn — How to make your profile
Post on LinkedIn, a lot.
Use your alumni network
Informational interviews and how to do them effectively

This is Part 3 of a New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Business/Data Analyst.

Use LinkedIn

This is one of the pieces of advice that any half-decent article about finding a job includes, but I cannot emphasize it enough: Use LinkedIn.

Why?
1. Your LinkedIn page is almost always the first impression that a potential employer or networking contact gets of you.

  • I did not initially believe this, but seriously, look: if you do an internet search for ‘Eliana Grosof’, my LinkedIn page will be either the first or second result. …

Part 2 of a New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst

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https://elianag.medium.com/skills-and-projects-you-need-to-get-a-data-business-analyst-position-2021-d5c21c88e3bd

Contents

Projects
SQL
Website

Projects

You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of projects.

Projects are particularly crucial for a recent graduate applying to be a data analyst or a business analyst because they demonstrate proficiency in skills that you probably didn’t use outside of a classroom context.

As much as I might want to list my Data Structures class as experience because I used Java during it, please for the love of god, do not put any computer science labs or classes on your resume. Not only is putting labs on the internet likely directly against your school’s honor code, but it also looks amateur. …


Unemployment is hard. Use time management to help you through it.

While this is article stands alone, this is also Part 5 of New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Business/Data Analyst.

TL;DR

  • Time Management — How to Keep Your Sanity During Your Job Search
  • Make a daily schedule
  • Make sure there’s at least of each of these things in your schedule
  • Have something else going on — preferably multiple things
  • Set small goals
  • Take care of yourself
  • Give yourself a break

Make a daily schedule

Look, I’m a not routine person. But when you’re living in your parents’ basement in the midst of a pandemic, or simply out of school for the first time in your life trying to do something you’ve never attempted before, you need to do something to ground yourself. …


Part 1 of A New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst

Contents

What degree should I have?
What experience should I have?
Skills (to be continued in the next post)

Introduction

This is the first blog in a series titled “A New Graduate’s Guide to Becoming a Data/Business Analyst”.

This series is written to help recent college graduates learn how to become a data or business analyst, particularly ones who are graduating during the coronavirus pandemic. …


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Mercer Island in the fall, from the Mercer Island Reporter

It’s strange to walk the grounds of my old high school this fall. In the past, visits had been brief glimpses of the past moving stubbornly forward. Different faces, same faces, all housed together in a building I used to know. Did I really look that young? Is that a saxophone in my old locker?

Now that it’s a pandemic, it’s easier. There aren’t any pesky whippersnappers hogging the building and reminding me that I do not belong. The red-yellow leaves smell fresh with rainwater, yet earthy too, as if I can already smell them melting into the ground. …


How differential privacy can protect your data, and help you comply with government regulations

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Photo by Christina Morillo from Pexels

What is Differential Privacy?

Differential privacy is a data anonymization technique that’s used by major technology companies such as Apple and Google. The goal of differential privacy is simple: allow data analysts to build accurate models without sacrificing the privacy of the individual data points.

But what does “sacrificing the privacy of the data points” mean? Well, let’s think about an example. Suppose I have a dataset that contains information (age, gender, treatment, marriage status, other medical conditions, etc.) about every person who was treated for breast cancer at Hospital X. In this case, a data point is a row of a spreadsheet (or DataFrame, or database, etc.) …


Here’s why.

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I began coding my website on a whim sometime in August. It’ll be fun, I thought. I had seen a few data science blogs built with R using blogdown, and it looked pretty simple to do. Before I knew it, I was learning how to use Hugo, a static website generator.

With Hugo, you can directly access and edit just about all of the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that goes into it. Hugo makes things a bit simpler by giving you a few variables and locations to reference, and that’s it. You’re on your own after that.

Most people start with a pre-built template and then modify it to their liking. I started with this theme, but it didn’t have a blog and I wanted one, so I took the blog element from the Mediumish theme. …


A deep data analysis of the 2018 midterm general election.

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A map of the 2016 Presidential Election Results, from 270towin.com

Introduction

Swing states — states where the two major political parties have roughly equal levels of support among voters — are crucial in determining the winner of American presidential races. Since most states give all of their electoral votes to a single party, sometimes only a few thousand votes in a swing state can determine the winner of the entire national presidential election, such as in the 2016 election.

While both Democrats and Republicans have equal support overall among voters in swing states, I want to understand if this dynamic extends to more local politics. In other words: do swing state voters support Democrats and Republicans at fairly equal rates within each county, or is the support only equal at the state level?


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It affects pretty much every aspect of your experience on the internet.

I confess, I think European data privacy legislation is really cool. Everyone’s a nerd about something, and this is one of the things I know far more about than just about everyone I know.

To most people, and certainly most Americans, European data privacy legislation seems esoteric and dull.

In this article, I’m going to give you 4 good reasons why you should care. Even if you’re American.

1. It affects every aspect of your life.

You’re constantly using the internet, and that means that data is constantly getting collected about you.

Companies are tracking every search you do on Google, every trip you take to a new place, and even every click on your phone. It’s because data is very valuable. …

About

Eliana Grosof

Recent college graduate with endless curiosity about the world and her place in it. Also likes computers. Check me outat elianagrosof.com. DM me @elianasquared.

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