I have 4 years of expereince in IT (SharePoint) and want to move into the analytics domain. I have completed my base SAS certification and learning Python. Most of the companies ask for relevant experience. What are some of the avenues for getting hands-on experience.
A very relevant question, something which a lot of people who switch face. Here are a few pointers, which might help:
- Look out for knowledge competitions on Kaggle. Solve them yourself and then look at various solutions which people have posted - on Kaggle forums and elsewhere
- Look at some of the freelancing sites like odesk - you might find people looking for help on SAS
- Participate in knowledge communities and network with people - For example by going though the questions here, you can see some of the problems people are facing and network accordingly
- Look out if any company is posting data science internship. That might be another way to enter.
Though not related to how to gain experience, you should create a GitHub profile, at least for all your work on Python. That would help you showcase your work in interviews.
Hope this helps.