Can you tell me the name of what I want to do?
October 17, 2012 5:24 PM Subscribe
Career question, think what I'm looking to go into is analysis, not completely sure. Metastable cubic ice crystal details in extended.
posted by Hactar to Work & Money (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working in tech support right now, however I am also the guy who does all the reports. I was originally hired to do the metrics, I do them well, I have automated them, I have given these people data on things they never thought they could measure. I currently spend about 1/8 to 1/3 of my day doing metrics, the rest fielding calls. I've automated a great deal of the process, so some days it is less than an hour, but most days they come to me asking for new information.
The weird thing is, I actually really like the reports. I like pulling coherent information from messes of data. I am a little bored right now at my job because I know the system inside and out and what takes time these days is compiling the reports, not extracting the data.
I am probably near expert level at excel, and while my macros are not pretty, they can do anything I want. I learned Business Objects inside and out on the report end, I do not know the server end, although would be happy to learn. I keep trying to get myself to learn sql, but am not that great at self-directed learning without an immediate goal beyond learning the ins and outs of a system.
I want to do reports like this. I want to analyze for efficiency, figure out where things are going right and wrong. I want to be the one to know how things really are working behind the scenes.
What type of job is this and what sorts of skills should I acquire? Are there courses I should take and what are they? Is one year of doing this and doing it well sufficient to try to get junior grade positions doing this, or is something else required?