If you follow me on twitter you know that I have recently finished my last university exam, which means that, there is a high probability of me being graduated in a couple of days. Therefore, I would like to share a little of my three year experience with you.
This course has allowed me to develop many valuable skills that will certainly make a huge difference in my professional career. Anyways, today I don’t want to focus on the practicality of what I learnt in this course. Today, I intend to share some information regarding the course itself, that can turn out to be pretty helpful for, not only, a recent high school graduate, but also, to anyone that has some interest in this topic.
#1. Statistics As Foundation
That’s right, statistics is the heart of information management and, without it, you can’t achieve anything meaningful. But don’t get too scared, statistics at the beginning can be slightly overwhelming but, with some time and effort, you will start adapting and understanding its concepts easily. As soon as you get the hand of it, everything becomes generally basic (I started with Statistics I in the second semester and had Statistics II & III in the following year). Moreover, if you don’t get along with mathematics, it’s okay. Statistics are a completely different subject and, honestly, to comprehend its basic concepts you don’t need an incredible understanding of mathematical formulas or equations.
Probably the most fun part is coding. I confess that when I entered this course I had no idea that coding was necessary. I had a slight introduction to Java in my first semester and the following years I dealt with SQL (for databases and other software, such as SAS) and R (mainly for statistical analysis). It was probably the biggest challenge I had to endorse in this course, but it’s basically the same “cliché”; as soon has you understand the core of it, the rest will come naturally.
Also, if you are considering information management but you hate coding, don’t jump immediately of the wagon. Yes, you have to code, but it is nothing compared to software engineering, for instance.
#3. Opportunities Are Endless
I confess that I was pretty excited with this. Information Management course is just the top of the iceberg. The fact is that opportunities are endless and, basically, you have the possibility to follow any professional/educational (masters, for example) career that you find yourself attracted to. During this course you will be able to get to know some other exciting areas related with machine learning, data analysis, data mining, artificial intelligence, information systems, management it self, marketing, etc. It is up to you to find something you are passionate about and lean towards that.
I’m sincerely thankful for your time. If you wish to know more about this course you can simply comment on this post or talk to me directly on twitter. See you soon!