As Data Relish, we often get asked the question: How do I get a career in data when I’m jobseeking? It’s great to see that SAS are stepping up to the plate with their SAS Steps Program.
It’s great to see SAS investing in people by offering UK and NI jobseekers the opportunity to learn data skills. This post will help signpost you to where you need to go to sign up.
Why are data skills important?
Data skills can help you to improve your existing skills, or develop new ones. Why data, though? Well, data skills are in high demand, with recent research conducted by Vanson Bourne revealing that nearly three-quarters (71%) of businesses believe a sufficient level of data literacy is now ‘very important’ or ‘essential’ when it comes to hiring candidates. Data skills were already in high demand before the pandemic and more than nine out of 10 businesses (92%) believe remote working and increased reliance on technology has amplified the need for these skills at least to some extent.
How can you get started? Here’s where the SAS Steps program comes in.
What is the SAS Steps program?
The SAS STEP Programme is primarily aimed at those seeking employment or facing redundancy but is also open to anyone looking to make themselves more employable, including graduates, the self-employed, or those already in employment.
SAS is partnering with universities to help deliver the programme to local areas and other organisations to place candidates into job roles, such as the University of Bradford.
For the future, everyone should have data skills. The SAS Steps program is an opportunity for people to give themselves in-demand data skills, such as data literacy and data analyst skills. More advanced data science pathways will be released later in the year.
What do the course candidates get?
Candidates participating in the programme will be able to choose from a wide range of resources including coding challenges, guided case studies, dedicated mentors, and live web classes, allowing them to quickly increase their attractiveness to prospective employers.