Gaining practical experience through internships or projects is paramount for a successful transition from a fresher role to a data engineering career. Hands-on projects allow individuals to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, honing their skills in data modeling, ETL processes, and big data technologies. This practical exposure not only enhances technical proficiency but also cultivates problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities, making candidates more attractive to employers seeking practical, industry-ready data engineering professionals. It serves as a bridge between academic learning and the dynamic challenges encountered in professional data engineering roles. If you have a keen interest in pursuing a career in data science, take a look at this video showcasing Divyansh Sharma's success story. He secured a Data Engineer position at Tech Mahindra just after completing Intellipaat's Advanced Certification in Data Science and AI.