In the world of big data, big opportunities await Pakistanis

The prestigious Harvard Business Review calls it the sexiest job of the 21st century. Data scientists, i.e., statisticians of yesteryears, are in high demand. Firms are fighting over talent, even poaching. This unmet demand for data scientists in the western economies opens up great possibilities for the youth in Asia and Africa. In the world of big data, big opportunities await keen learners. The constraints of money, location, and time matter no more. While being in a small town in Pakistan, and with a decent Internet connection, the youth can receive training in advanced analytics from the likes of IBM. Novel training platforms, such as the BigDataUniversity.com, are offering new channels to learn. And for those with modest means, it doesn’t cost a cent. The ‘freemium’ model, where the user…


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