Clarence, a commerce graduate, disproved the myth that analytics is only for engineers, and made a successful mid-career shift to analytics


Clarence learned several analytics tools during career stints spanning eight years across three reputable companies. Having discovered the growing importance of analytics, he decided to learn advanced skills that were in great demand in the industry.
After considering several options, he chose a Jigsaw course and complemented it with a post graduate programme from a leading B-school. Clarence got an enviable job offer from Value Labs as Project Lead – Analytics, where he is responsible for setting up their global analytics consultancy.


You’ve had an interesting career so far. Tell us about it.
After getting a bachelor’s degree in commerce, I joined one of the world’s largest banks. I was introduced to basic analytics while I was working in their online fraud prevention team. After completing 4 years with them, I shifted to a leading Silicon Valley tech giant. I loved the open source environment there – I had an opportunity to work on various analytics languages and techniques. After 2 years I moved to a Fortune 500 firm working in the human capital management industry. My exposure to analytics continued, as I used a blend of lean and analytic frameworks in my job.

Despite working with analytics for 8 years, why did you feel the need to get trained?
During the course of my work, I found that analytics and Big Data were growing rapidly. I had learned analytics through my job and through self-learning, but I wanted to be industry-ready by mastering the latest tools and languages. Thus, the need to get trained with the best. Extensive online research led me to options like ATI, IIM, NIIT Imperia.

However, I chose Jigsaw Academy’s Data Science Specialization course for many reasons – theirs was the most application-oriented course with flexible curriculum and the right content, a lot of their students had written great testimonials, they were featured in Analytics India Magazine’s list of top 10 analytics courses, one of their students had compared their course favorably with that of IIT Bombay, and their courses were priced very competitively.

Jigsaw’s course was a game changer in my career. You can get into analytics irrespective of your academic or professional background. It is not true that only engineers or software professionals can shift to analytics.

How did ensure a perfect switch to analytics?
Jigsaw’s course was a game changer in my career. It taught me more than what the industry was looking for. I was in an enviable position. With my experience and newly learnt skills I could have joined as a senior analyst right away. However, I wanted to do justice to my mid-career shift. I wanted to improve my team management skills and the ability to successfully lead a cross-functional analytics team, with a specific focus on profitability improvement. Hence, I enrolled for a post graduate programme in business analytics from a leading B-school. Midway through the course, I was offered the position of project lead in analytics at Value Labs. I’m now working on setting up their global analytics consultancy, which includes defining their vision and strategy, and coordinating the efforts of their team of analysts.

What is your advice to analytics aspirants, especially those who are not engineers?
You can get into analytics irrespective of your academic or professional background. It is not true that only engineers or software professionals can shift to analytics. I am a commerce graduate and I successfully cracked the analytics code. This industry is growing by leaps and bounds. If you love numbers, now is the right time to get in. Research the course options well, work hard towards learning the required tools and languages, focus on real-life case studies and prepare for interviews. I am sure you can make a successful mid-career move and join the exciting and challenging world of analytics.

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