It’s not about what you know

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Hey, Congratulations now you have the necessary skills as a data scientist, a data engineer, or even architect or product manager BUT guess what ….

This is just the beginning and acquiring such hard skills is one of the other pillars needed in your career.

It’s not about what you know, it’s about how you behave. 

that’s what I’m convinced in after 13 years of experience dealing with different types of projects.

it’s about how to communicate with people 

it’s about how to connect with people 

it’s about how to manage people

it’s about what value can you provide to others before asking for anything 

Reaching success is not only about your hard skills either you are a data scientist, data analyst, machine learning engineer, data engineer, or data architect.

Each role have some specific skills to meet but the point is you can be the best in the world but you do not how to sell your finding internally as a data scientist which require data storytelling skills as an example,

Your emotional intelligence and ability to connect with others is a key factor to your success or failure. if you are in the middle of a project and can not engage with others then you are in trouble and you will reach the limit quickly.

A few years ago, I had a discussion with a friend and he shared with me the trouble he has to validate the next year’s budget and on the other hand, one of his colleagues is already validating 3X the amount of his budget with the same board without problems. it may seem simple stuff but the reality is that the first one didn’t know how to reach, connect with the board and get what he needed but the second did.

When working on a data project you have basically two types of challenges:

  • people challenge considering the fact that you have so many people involved from tech to business to operation etc…
  • tech challenges related to the data especially if it reveals poor data quality(here is a full article about that)   
team work

and counting only on your tech ability will keep you running with only one leg without a change to go far.

The bottom line, your key to success is your ability to connect with people and provide as much value as you can.

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