Head of Analytics at Transport for London

How to become a Head of Analytics

Studying maths and science-related subjects at school will help you a lot in any analytics career. Not only will they stand out on your CV, they’ll also give you the foundation skills and knowledge you’ll need to learn and grow in to become a head of analytics. It’s a great idea to explore your knowledge of business in school and beyond too, as this will help with the business, planning and decision-making aspects of the role.

There’s more than one route into a career in analytics. You can take the university route to gain specialised knowledge, for example.

When you’re thinking about training, consider if you want to take the data scientist route (working with statistics, software systems and computer algorithms) or the business route (driving decisions in the business world). They’re not mutually exclusive, but when you’re researching degrees it may help you to choose when considering degrees in subjects like big data, data analysis and business-related degrees. Check over the course modules to see if a business-related degree includes a data science side, or a data-related degree includes a business module.

You can also take the apprenticeship route to build up a career in this field. Transport for London offer a host of apprenticeships for you to explore. The information management apprenticeship and project planner apprenticeship are just two examples from all kinds of exciting career routes. Check with Transport for London for full details, but you’ll generally be asked to have five good passing grades in GCSEs or their equivalents including English and maths (and potentially science or ICT) for an apprenticeship that’s highly relevant to this career.

Early jobs in an analytics career can include becoming a research analyst, or perhaps an assistant in a planning or public policy department – that’s how Transport for London’s head of analytics Lauren Sager Weinstein started on her path.

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