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Hi there- I am considering pursuing a certification in HR analytics or data analysis and visualization to enhance my data storytelling skills as an HR Business Partner. I have no prior data analytics experience aside from what I’ve learned on the job evaluating employee data (ie exit and engagement surveys) and making recommendations based on past experience. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations on leveraging this type of certificate in your role?

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Former management consultant turned talent management leader here. I would highly recommend learning PowerBi as an analytics/visualization tool. We used that quite a bit when we did HR analytics or Org Design work as a consultant

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Definitely recommend! I took a 7 month People Analytics Certification last year and have to say it was the best decision. There’s a science behind data storytelling and being able to draw insights that lead to strategic decision-making. Not to mention it has helped me progress immensely over the last year. 10/10 recommend pursuing this. Data is the future in HR. Also want to recommend if you plan on getting in this space statistics will also be a skill set needed (esp for predicting behaviour, outcomes or understanding correlations of outcomes such as with a new program or project).

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Is this offered online? Link?

That’s an exciting (and smart) step for you to take. IMO the marketplace is lacking reputable certifications in this area of HR, so experience and practical knowledge reign supreme. No matter what you do with HR analytics, it’s important to familiarize yourself with 3 areas: 1) basic statistics (measures of central tendency, measures of variability, regression, t-test, etc.) 2) data manipulation/cleaning (programming g: SQL, R/dplyr, Python, etc; methods: filtering, joins, concatenation, data table structure, etc) 3) data visualization (tools: click and drag like Tableau or PowerBI, code-based like R/shiny; methods: types of charts and visualizations, interactivity, data structure needed to set up those visualizations). My only advice is to take small steps. Try pairing learning certain things together - e.g. practice building a visualization of a scatter plot with a regression line and interpret the results to someone that doesn’t know any stats and see if you can make it make sense to them. Wishing you the best! This is an exciting field to be in.

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Tons of applications. Just a small sampling include predicting attrition for succession planning and quantifying flight risk (more stats/ML focused), to building dashboards of basic summary stats your execs want to see, to automating the creation and distribution of compensation grant letters. The opportunities are endless if you combine some programming skills with stats knowledge and a willingness to use a search engine to help fill in the gaps as you go.

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an extremely worthwhile idea to pursue. I think the understanding of data, data extraction and data-based storytelling is not only trendy but foundational to any HR career looking forward. I would consider starting with some free, open source courses (there is one here https://open.sap.com/courses/pa1-tl, but also https://www.coursera.org/learn/wharton-people-analytics, Warthon courses are very well constructed). If you have some ERP background, it will be useful - simply because data structures are based on the data collection approach, but the focus should remain on how to leverage the information and share it.

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I’ve been eyeing people analytics from Bersin. Its an online platform similar to linkedin learning, so dont know how legit there certificate is.

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If this is the Bersin Academy, I’ve also heard it’s pretty legit. I do listen to Josh Berlin’s podcast and he has many great insights on the entire HR field.

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UPENN Offers a really in depth helpful people analytics course for free or something marginal through coursera.

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I’m currently working on the People Analytics Certification offered through the Academy to Innovate HR. It covers Power BI, which is critical nowadays. I looked at a lot of different people analytics certs, but ultimately went with this one because the credits will also count towards PHR recertification credits - two birds, one stone!

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There is an HR Analytics certificate program (4 courses, 2 months) through eCornell I’ve been eyeing for $3,600. Ive heard mixed reviews about their certification programs though 😕

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But cornell is a good name for opportunities later on.

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I think HR world is biased towards certifications. I personally think the only thing that really matters is skills, no one serious with people analytics will care about the fact that you have certifications or not. They will instead test your ability with SQL, spreadsheets, data Viz and storytelling. Many courses like those on Coursera/Udemy etc. fit this purpose much better. It's a different mindset

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Thank you for this question because I am interested in going into HR Analytics. I learned PowerBI via YouTube and it was useful. I am trying to see what more I can do to gain more skills in this arena.

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I am learning Power BI for getting into HR Analytics through Udemy, to at least a hang of it. Would love to get into certification for People-HR Analystics

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I am just adding this skill, while I am in search of the opportunities in Toronto, Canada, they are basic understanding of PowerBi and adding just a certification to my profile, but for analystics courses in depth, looking for part time course to be certified professional!

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I feel like half my job is analyzing data and telling stories to sell my ideas on how to fix that data. Professionals have less and less time these days to spend staring at numbers—they want graphical data that punches them in the nose hard enough to draw blood so they know exactly what they have to do without too much time spent explaining it.

SHRM (Society for HR Management) has a People Analytics Specialty Credential for $1655 to SHRM members and $1930 to non-members.

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