As we embrace the start of 2024, it’s the time of the year again – the time where we pen down our New Year’s resolutions, determined to accomplish them before the year ends. 

In an age defined by constant and rapid technological progress, we can no longer deny the importance of being tech savvy. Naturally, it only makes sense for us to prioritise acquiring essential tech skills as part of our resolutions. Hang on tight as we go through the top 4 tech skills you should pick up in 2024.

1. Data Analytics: Driving Informed Decision-Making

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – in this data-driven landscape, data analysts have become pivotal in guiding strategic decisions in almost every industry. Before we go on, read our previous article to better understand what Data Analytics encompasses. 

In short, data analytics involves the systematic analytics of raw data (i.e., numbers) to extract valuable insights, trends, and patterns. Through the use of various tools and techniques, e.g., statistical analysis, data visualisation, machine learning, etc., data analysts transform complex data sets into actionable insights. This allows businesses to better understand consumer behaviour, optimise operations, enhance strategies, and gain a competitive edge in their respective fields. 

As a result, data analysts are highly sought after across sectors – finance, healthcare, e-commerce and many more. With expertise in tools like Tableau, SQL and Python as an analyst, the opportunities are endless. Find out more about the career pathway (e.g., skills, experience, salary insights) here

For those who are keen but don’t know where to start, Heicoders Academy has just the right course for you. Our course, DA100: Data Analytics with SQL and Tableau, is the perfect stepping stone for aspiring data analysts. DA100 is designed to equip learners with a strong foundation in data analytics, such as generating insights via data visualisations with Tableau and interacting with databases using MySQL. Additionally, students will be guided to deploy their data analytics dashboard on the cloud. 

To take your learning one step further, learners can go on to pursue a Data Analytics Nanodegree by completing two other courses, AI100: Python Programming and Data Visualisation, followed by AI200: Applied Machine Learning.

In AI100, learners will gain a strong foundation in Python programming and acquire intuition on how to harness actionable insights from real world data. Learners will also get the opportunity to build impressive tabular, graphical and geospatial visualisations using their Python development skills.

In AI200, students will develop interactive graphical visualisations, train and evaluate machine learning models for classification, regression and clustering problems. They will also grasp the intuition and differences across supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms. 

After the completion of these three courses, Data Analytics Nanodegree graduates will receive priority referrals and job placements with Heicoders’ career partners. 

Fortunately, for the three courses mentioned above, all Singaporeans and PRs can enjoy up to 70% subsidy of course feeds under the IBF Standards Training Scheme (IBF-STS). Remaining course fees can then be offset either fully or partially with SkillsFuture Credits or UTAP subsidy for NTUC Union members. 

Please refer to the tables below for DA100, AI100 and AI200 course fees. 

DA100 Course Fees

AI100 / AI200 Course Fees 

2. Python Programming: Powering Innovations in AI

When on the subject of tech and programming, Python never fails to come up. Over the past decade, Python has established its role as a cornerstone in the world of programming and technology. 

With its simple, readable syntax, as well as vast library support, Python is an excellent choice for both beginners and experts alike. It stands as a versatile and powerful programming language widely used across domains, particularly in the realms of artificial intelligence, data analysis, web development, and automation. Think: AI models, applications, automated tasks and complex data structures – Python is instrumental in creating these. 

If you’re not yet sold on the versatility of Python, perhaps this article could convince you otherwise. 

With that said, what opportunities lie ahead for those competent in Python? Plenty! AI Engineers often leverage Python to build recommendation systems, natural language processing models and autonomous vehicles. Machine Learning Specialists develop algorithms for predictive analytics and pattern recognition, shaping industries with data-driven solutions. 

Ready to become a Python specialist? Get started with Heicoders’ AI100: Python Programming and Data Visualisation course. Refer to above for more details on the course. Of course, we don’t just stop at one certificate when we can get a Nanodegree. Graduate with Heicoders’ Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree by completing 2 additional courses: i) AI200: Applied Machine Learning, and ii) AI300: Deploying Machine Learning Systems to the Cloud. 

As we covered the gist of our AI200 curriculum above, let’s skip to what you’ll be learning in AI300. In the final Nanodegree course, learners will be equipped with the technical skills required to build and also deploy robust Machine Learning models to the cloud. Students will be taught to develop production-ready machine learning code with best practices in the industry. Furthermore, students will also query databases and wrangle datasets with SQL. 

Though AI300 is not currently under the IBF-STS subsidies scheme currently, don’t worry! As part of our commitment to ensure that our courses remain affordable to students, we have our very own Heicoders Scholarship, which covers at least 40% of course fees. Refer to the table below for AI300 course fees. 

AI300 Course Fees

3. Web Development: Creating Engaging Digital Experiences

Third, we have web development. In short, web development refers to the process of creating, building and maintaining websites and web applications. It commonly involves a combination of programming, design, and content management. Through the use of various programming languages (e,g., HTML, CSS, JavaScript) along with frameworks and tools, developers are tasked to create responsive, visually appealing and interactive websites that cater to diverse user needs across devices.

Click here to find out more about web development and why it is important. 

As an aspiring web developer, the career possibilities are endless. Choose between specialising as a front-end or a back-end developer. Simply put, front-end developers shape the visual aspects of applications and websites, ensuring that they are both user-friendly and visually appealing. Meanwhile, back-end developers are the brain of the web application, ensuring that the application operates as it should. 

Alternatively, you can also choose to have the best of both worlds. As a full-stack engineer, you will manage both front and back-end development, creating seamless user experiences while ensuring website functionality and security.

To embark on this journey, consider Heicoders’ SE100: Responsive Web Development course. This course equips beginners with a foundation in software engineering and knowledge of industry best practices. Learners will translate user requirements into a web application, and also deploy the web application on the cloud. 

Then, students can then go on to pursue a Nanodegree in our Software Engineering track by completing SE200: Full-Stack Development, and SE300: Architecting Web Applications in the Cloud. In SE200, students will be guided to develop production-ready web applications with best practices in the industry, query databases, and wrangle data with SQL. Students will also be taught to optimise performance and security by analysing code patterns and implementations. 

Stay tuned for more information on SE300 as we work hard on it! In the meantime, refer below for SE200 course fees. Similar to AI300, while it is not yet under the IBF-STS scheme at the present time, we have our in-house scholarship available for interested students.

SE200 Course Fees

4. Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Digital Fortresses

Last but definitely not least, our hero, cybersecurity. As digital threats evolve, cybersecurity has never been more important. Think of it as a shield, protecting our data and systems against countless daily attacks. In 2024, the demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to be on an upward trend as organisations prioritise safeguarding their digital assets. 

As a Ethical Hacker in the cybersecurity field, you will be identifying system vulnerabilities. If you choose to take on the responsibility of a Cybersecurity Analyst, you will likely be tasked to implement security measures and protect against cyber threats. Alternatively, as a Security Consultant, you will consult and advise organisations on risk management and compliance to ensure robust security protocols. 

Stay tuned for Heicoders’ upcoming cybersecurity courses to be a part of this exciting sector. 

In short, mastering these top 4 tech skills is a must in this day and age, especially if you plan on thriving in the ever-evolving world of technology. Sign up now! We’ll be waiting ~ 

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