When we think about those in data leadership roles there can be a tendency to assume that they must have come from a purely technical career path. But this is not always the case, nor should it be. In fact, a recent study conducted by Exasol found that 59% of CDOs recognize the value in hiring from diverse, non-technical backgrounds.
The importance of skills such as data storytelling, stakeholder management and leading a team are critical for today’s data leaders, so that’s why we spoke to Abel Aboh, Data Management Lead, Bank of England, to find out more in our latest episode of DataXpresso.
Before moving into the world of data, Abel began his career in HR so he brought a completely fresh perspective to the conversation. Not only does he have a wealth of experience to draw from in terms of how to make that transition from another department into a data-focused role, but he also provides invaluable advice about the importance of managing people not just technology.
If you want to hear what Abel had to say, check out the episode here:
Data leadership career paths – find out more
If you want to hear from CDOs across US, UK and Germany about how they made it to where they are today and the skills they picked up along the way, download the CDO Journey ebook now.
Take your data education to the next level
For anyone looking to follow in Abel’s footsteps as a participant in the Carruthers and Jackson Summer School for data leaders, you can register for next year’s course here.
Hear more from Abel
You can find Abel on Twitter and Linkedin to discuss any of these topics in more detail.