New SAS Programme for Students Charts Path from Analytics Skills to Dream Job

SAS Skill Builder for Students connects SAS learning pathways, certifications and career resources

With continued high demand for data science talent, analytics leader SAS has launched a new program for higher education students to learn analytics skills and earn valuable certifications sought by employers. SAS Skill Builder for Students is a free, global, 24/7 virtual learning portal that offers access to SAS software, e-learning and certifications, as well as career advice and ways to connect with employers.

"Learning SAS and applying for data science jobs has never been easier for students," said Nutapone Apiluktoyanunt, Managing Director (Thailand) at SAS. "The SAS Skill Builder for Students is part of our commitment to nurture and grow the future generation with deep specialisation in data science. This will help them thrive in the post pandemic workplace and give them the ability to upskill throughout their lifetime."

The path to a great analytics career
According to Forrester's 2020 Digital Transformation Index, as many as 63% of Thai respondents said they were held down by insufficient in-house data science skills, while 55% said they were encumbered technically.

SAS Skill Builder for Students can help more students seize those jobs by providing access to:

  • Free cloud-based software: SAS OnDemand for Academics and SAS Viya for Learners.
  • Free e-learning: Courses in foundational skills like data literacy and point-and-click data analytics, programming, visual analytics and visual statistics, statistical analysis, predictive modelling and machine learning.
  • Certification pathways to simplify the journey to data science certification and other valuable SAS certifications.
  • Exclusive certification exam discounts for those who register.
  • Badges that signal valuable skills to employers in areas such as data visualisation and machine learning.
  • Career resources to inspire students and help them succeed. Students can explore what it means to be a data scientist and data analytics professional, how to set themselves apart and connect with employers offering work that taps into their passions.

*An academic email domain is required to access SAS Skill Builder for Students.

Thriving in a data-driven world
SAS Skill Builder for Students incorporates data from a variety of industries to gain valuable and relevant experience. Students can also learn one of the most valuable skills for success in today’s society and workplaces: data literacy. In a world awash in dis- and misinformation, it is critical to be able to consume, interpret and understand data. SAS Skill Builder for Students includes access to Data Literacy Essentials, a SAS course that introduces data basics and strategies for using and interrogating data, discovering meaning, making decisions and communicating data. The course follows the journeys of a concerned parent, a small business owner and a public health expert, who each use data to navigate and problem-solve through the pandemic.

The course also focuses on the ethical challenges of working with data. Data ethics refers to how we seek out, interpret and present data responsibly, including the moral judgments we make when working with data. The course covers how biases influence the ways we interact with and communicate data and provides guidance on ways we can work with data more responsibly.

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