There are several career paths that you can take on the road to becoming a data analyst. Sometimes it is an early career choice and you may have decided to specialise from day one. More often, data analyst is a role that you move into as part of your career development, perhaps because an opportunity presents itself, perhaps because you enjoy the challenge, perhaps because you become fascinated by what you can learn from data and how data can shape the way in which an organisation operates. This chapter looks at the ways you can become a data analyst, the opportunities and challenges of this career path and how you can continue to develop your career. It includes some real-world stories showcasing the range ...

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