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9 Ways Data Can Empower Your Business

Looking back over the past year many organisations have taken steps to harness the power of their data.

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    Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

    Inspired by MBN Solution’s ‘The Future of Talent’ whitepaper, The Scotsman recently discussed how organisations can ensure their workforce is filled with talented individuals. Amongst other points, harnessing remote working, building a diverse team and clear communication of your organisation’s purpose are all flagged as imperative in attracting top talent. Read what The Scotsman said below:

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    Just Add Code: How To Grow Your Own Developers

    At this point, it’s not news to say that there’s a tech and data skills shortage in the UK. Businesses are scrambling to scoop up the best talent as quickly as possible and in the rush are overlooking some of their best assets: their software engineers.

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    How to Adapt to the Fast-Paced World of Data Science Opportunities

    Data science is fast paced and, in the post, Covid-19 candidate-driven market, being able to adapt quickly to new opportunities can help catapult your career to the next level.

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    How To Advertise and Market Your New Vacancy

    Last month, I looked at the importance of ensuring the prep work around creating a new vacancy was always carried out and investigated how a job, talent and reward evaluation helps ensure a great candidate experience (CanDex) for talent throughout the selection process.

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    The Next Generation of Data Science Talent

    Last week saw the closing ceremony of the Data Lab’s MSc Placement Programme for 2020/2021, with 92 MSc students placed with 75 Scottish organisations.

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  • Increasing the Public's Trust in AI

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is perhaps the trend on every practitioners’ lips in the Data science and technology industries, but how can we ensure that it becomes widely accepted by the general public? 

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    Why You Should Learn a Second Programming Language

    For some software engineers, their language is their religion and for others, there’s a fierce need to explore. 

    It’s becoming increasingly common for software engineers to become polyglots and build their understanding of more than one language. 

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  • The Four Cutting-Edge Tools All Data Scientists Should Know

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  • MBN Launches In Focus - A Leadership Podcast for the Data Industry

    In Focus is a new data science and technology industry podcast that brings together industry leaders to talk about their evolving leadership styles, how they adapt and grow their businesses and how they build high-performing teams. 

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    How Data Science and Machine Learning can Combat Conspiracy Theories

    It's no revelation that conspiracy theories spread like wildfire on the internet, creating such massive amounts of misinformation it can be challenging for people to sift through what's real and what isn't. 

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  • Five Tips for Emerging Data Scientists

    While remote working has many benefits, one of the challenges for new data scientists can be making the transition from academia to the workforce.

    Managing this transition was challenging before but the new ways of working have added to the complexity, where people used to be able to pick up a lot of knowledge by osmosis or looking over the shoulder of their colleagues, now it’s done through video calls or Slack.

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  • Five Tips for Organisations Hiring Graduate Data Scientists

    Graduate data scientists are an important part of every organisation but for many, it can be challenging understanding where they fit in, especially if the organisation isn’t traditionally tech focussed.

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  • 10 Leadership Skills to Develop and Nurture in your Tech Career

    It’s not uncommon for software engineers and tech practitioners to struggle to make the move to management positions, which is why being among the ones that understand business concepts and have business skills can help define your career and make the jump to management level.

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  • How to Build an Inclusive Hiring Process

    Recruitment is about finding the best people for your business and if you're a hiring manager, you'll know some roles have seemed impossible to fill. I know I’ve struggled to hire people for senior roles in the past. This experience has made me think about how we hire people and potential limitations of the traditional approach.

    A common theme that I’ve noticed is that businesses have a singular approach to recruitment. Does this translate to the best candidates? Are your campaigns reaching a broad audience or are you excluding groups and communities with your approach?

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  • Three Cardinal Sins when Hiring for a New Role

    In Part 1 of our monthly series on Candidate Experience, What Is Candidate Experience and Why is it Important, we looked at the concept of Talent Magnetism, how to get started with candidate experience and common places for improvement.

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  • Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in Tech

    Last week, I hosted a panel discussion around the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Tech, joined by the wonderful Duncan Hart (Co-founder of Deepminer), Fash Fasoro (Data Governance at Homepointr and Project Director at The Data Kirk) and Amber Lawther (BI and Analytics Technician with NHS NSS).

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  • AI Right?: Is Your Smartphone Spying on You?

    In June’s episode of AI Right?, hosts Kris McFadyen, Megan Stamper and Andy McMahon look at how and why your voice activated devices (like Alexa and Google Home) are listening into your conversations and whether your smartphone is doing it too.

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  • The Importance of Data Literacy

    In a world increasingly powered by data, data literacy is almost as important as literacy itself and an organisation’s ability to succeed will be dependent on its employee’s abilities and willingness to learn this new language.  

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  • How to Start a Career in Data Science

    There’s no single way to start a career in data science, which is one of the things I love most about the industry. There’s space for people who graduated university with data degrees, who are self-taught or who have retrained through courses offered by companies like The Data Lab and CodeClan.

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  • How Tech Companies can be more Accessible and Inclusive

    Accessibility and inclusion have always been important but the past 18 months have pulled it into the spotlight. Whether it’s social, physical or cognitive we have all become more aware of institutional bias and discrimination. 

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  • Why You Shouldn’t Hire More Data Scientists

    I’ve seen this across many companies I’ve both worked in and consulted for throughout my career — we’re not hiring the right people for the job!

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  • MBN Solutions’ New Data Science Podcast, AI Right?, Breaks Down Data Science Barriers

    MBN Solutions’ new monthly data science podcast, AI Right?, explores news and industry issues with a view to making the data science industry more accessible.

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  • What is Candidate Experience and Why is it Important?

    In today’s competitive talent marketplace, it’s crucial that your organisation is seen as a destination of choice.

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