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Eleanore Sykes Credit Risk Analytics, Credit Risk & Analytics

Cases of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, have reached hundreds of thousands, with new cases being reported on a daily basis and lockdowns subsequently enforced across the globe.

As a result, this pandemic is making a huge impact on our day-to-day lives as Government guidance on working from home, furloughs and self-isolation rapidly become the new norm.

That said, it is impossible to ignore how online resources are playing a huge role in helping people to keep-up-date with the latest advances in their industry sector.

Naturally, people will be concerned about the current climate but this unprecedented time provides a unique opportunity, where possible, to train and learn new skills.

It is particularly important to keep pace with developments in the Analytics arena, whose outlook is rapidly shifting and constantly evolving alongside that of the current outbreak.

People should be aware of Analytics news in general, as well as updates which relate specifically to the current climate and economic outlook. Following this, they could skill up on the latest technologies which are creating a buzz throughout the sector and the communities that drive them.

They include big data, data science, AI and machine learning and the main software which is being used to support them are SAS, SQL, R and Python. Upskilling in these areas will always present candidates with better opportunities to advance along their career path.

Taking the time to keep abreast of the latest changes and updates to the sector means that, when normal service resumes, employees will be able to tackle their work with little or no hesitation, ensuring maximum productivity. Furthermore, they could even be in with a chance of reaching for the next rung of the career ladder or garnering a promotion.

Here we thought it would be helpful to summarise our top picks of the best Analytics online resources to tap into right now.

For upskilling:

Towards Data Science shares concepts, ideas and codes around AI, machine learning and data science. It delivers well-written, informative articles that provide fresh and exciting insights around the data science industry.

Data Science Central is an online industry resource for data practitioners. From statistics to analytics  and machine learning to AI, this website provides a community experience which includes a rich editorial platform, social interaction, forum-based support, alongside the latest information on technology, tools, trends and careers.

Datanami is a news portal dedicated to providing insights, analysis and up-to-the-minute information about emerging trends and solutions in big data. The portal sheds light on all cutting edge technologies, including networking, storage and applications and their effect upon business, industry, government and research. The publication examines the avalanche of unprecedented amounts of data and the impact the high-end data explosion is having across the IT, enterprise and commercial markets.

For news:

Finextra is a leading independent newswire and information source for the worldwide financial technology community. Finextra covers all significant technology news in wholesale and retail banking, the capital markets and insurance. It also publishes a wide range of research articles, features, white papers and case studies.

The Fintech Times is a global multimedia news outlet centred around the world’s first leading Fintech newspaper. It reports on the latest and brightest ideas from the Fintech world as an authoritative and trusted voice, focused on delivering high quality content which is distributed to a global network.

AltFi provides market-leading news, opinion, insights and events for the rapidly growing alternative finance and fintech community. Its core focus is on disruption to lending, banking and investing, including alternative lending, challenger banks and digital wealth management.

Credit Strategy sets the agenda for senior figures in credit risk, credit management and debt recovery with focus on high quality editorial, expert commentary and deep analysis of industry trends.

Fintech Finance works with renowned executives in the industry to provide key decision-makers globally within leading financial services organisations with reliable and accurate intelligence on emerging trends and breakthrough technologies, helping them to make informed decisions.

We hope that these websites prove helpful during this difficult time. At MERJE, we are continuing to work with candidates and people in our network on a daily basis. Many of them are using this period as an opportunity to refresh their CVs and are engaging with us for support and guidance. Please feel free to contact our team if you would like assistance with your CV or any aspect of your career mapping.