We want to introduce you to Asmita Meshram. Today, she’s working as a Graduate Trainee at Tata Consultancy Services and is excited about her new role. Her story is an excellent example of how learning new skills can open new doors. She launched her career after earning her bachelor’s. However, she soon realized she was in a field that wasn’t right for her. She had to find a new way forward, and discovering the Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate on Coursera proved to be the right solution for her. We recently had a chance to talk with Asmita about her career pivot and her experience in the Professional Certificate program, and to get her advice for anyone else who might be contemplating a career change.
Asmita, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us, and congratulations on your new role! Let’s get started with some background. Can you tell us a little bit about what you were doing prior to joining Tata Consultancy Services?
Thank you! And yes, I’d be happy to. I recently completed my undergraduate studies and earned my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai. I was actually in my last semester when the pandemic hit and everything went online—even the college lectures. During that time, I started working for a small start-up as a web developer. After working with them for seven months, I realized that the web development field was not for me.
That must have been a difficult realization. But it sounds like you started exploring other options right away. What happened next?
It was around March that I came across Alex the Analyst’s YouTube video about the Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate program on Coursera.
That’s a great discovery! As someone who was able to make a career change to becoming a data analyst, it seems like his site could be a good resource for someone in your position. Did you start looking into the Professional Certificate program then?
Well, I did check some other videos, and I also looked up the program’s reviews, which were perfect. So I immediately enrolled!
What were your first impressions of the program?
The structure is very well-defined and sparks curiosity about what is going to come next. Though the overview was shared in the first part itself, I was very excited to get to know about each stage in detail.
How did you approach your studies, and was it a challenge to keep pace and stay motivated?
I actually partnered up with a friend to complete this program. We kept each other accountable and made sure that both of us finished time. We studied for about four hours per day.
That’s impressive! Can you tell us about the skills you learned in the program?
I gained many skills and was able to acquire knowledge about the entire lifecycle of a data analytics project. Plus, the program not only teaches you about data analytics, but also about the responsibilities of being an employee—how to keep up with stakeholder requirements, how to positively deal in a work environment, and more. It was a great experience diving inside how everything works in a corporate world. I also learned how to draft a great CV and how to successfully face interviews.
Do you feel that the program in general, and the career preparation component in particular, were helpful to you as you started to look for new roles?
Yes! The capstone project at the end helped me develop my portfolio, and I feel I was able to level up my overall profile for interviews.
So, tell us about your new role. What kind of projects are you getting to work on?
I am currently in the training period, which means I can be assigned to any project within domains like IT, development, system administration, database administration, cloud, machine learning, analytics, and more.
That sounds really exciting, and it’s wonderful to hear about how you’ve been able to discover these new opportunities. Many learners around the world come to Coursera to achieve the kind of progress you’re making in your career; what advice would you give to someone who’s contemplating enrolling in a similar Professional Certificate program?
If I were to give any advice on how to stay motivated and focused while completing this program, I’d suggest partnering up with a friend and holding each other accountable.
That’s great! And, it’s really clear that the same advice worked for you because you completed the program successfully, and now, you’re in a new role you’re excited about. Congratulations!
We want to thank Asmita for sharing her story, and congratulate her on the progress she’s making on her career journey!
If you’re interested in learning new skills and embarking on a new career path, we hope you’ll explore Google Professional Certificate programs on Coursera. It’s a great way to gain in-demand skills, enhance your resume, and expand your career opportunities. Learn more today, and happy learning!
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