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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 3:11pm On Jun 18, 2021
alextywo:
Please highlight the list of apps I needed to install so as to run python programming successfully on my Android phone. Thanks


Unfortunately, you would need a laptop to learn any programming language, it can't be done on an android phone.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by wyt(m): 6:20pm On Jun 20, 2021
lovelybobo:
These are rules that have helped me to learn new things very quickly and progress very fast

1 No single learning material will give you everything you want. I therefore recommend you get 3 to 4 materials on the same topic or subject matter from different sources and learn with all together at the same time.

2 Assuming you want to learn VLOOKUP in Excel, Get materials on the topic from 3 or 4 different people or sources and get their individual perspectives. People teach based on their knowledge of the subject matter and communication skills.

3 Any learning material that has no real life dataset is a NO NO for me.

4 Once you have mastered a topic or subject build something with it and add it to your portfolio.

5 Get a Hard cover notebook, write codes, steps, commands and functions used in building the portfolio or solving a particular problem, They will help you in real work and job interview preparation.

6 With this method I realized that no matter the dataset, while using python, you will need about 20 to 25 functions and attributes to understand a dataset. with time these functions and attributes become second nature to you and you can work very fast.

It has helped my own learning process

can you name where ones can get projects to work on?

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by mentro: 5:22am On Jun 21, 2021
Kshe:


For reading, I think it's understanding the time of the day you can make the most of. In my situation, the only time I'm able to get enough time for myself is from 8 pm till 12midnight and I make the most of my weekends. I occasionally use the library- only when I was on work leave (GTB Library at Yaba if you live around the axis it's free and open weekdays 8 am till 4 pm) and these things are also influenced by other factors like if you live alone, are married, etc. You would have to learn to structure your days so it creates room for you, it doesn't have to be 4 hours at a stretch it could be 2-hour intervals. 2 hours because you really can't do much if you choose to go lower.

I did learn HTML and CSS albeit just the basics to give me a conceptual knowledge of it I did on Freecodecamp.com What they have is pretty elementary but I think it's important to focus on the Five projects they give you and try to do them on your own no short cuts. It will greatly help you. I did this and with the knowledge I gained, I was able to get a remote job as a site manager for a small business in the US.
When I encounter an issue on the job omo I google the thing (lol) I'm learning as I go.
How did you get the remote job? What job site?
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by shegzhkn: 7:33am On Jun 21, 2021
Kshe:



Unfortunately, you would need a laptop to learn any programming language, it can't be done on an android phone.

Hello !
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 9:28am On Jun 21, 2021
mentro:

How did you get the remote job? What job site?
Facebook
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by mentro: 9:46am On Jun 21, 2021
Kshe:

Facebook
Wow. Tell me how you use Facebook to get jobs?
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by shegzhkn: 10:42am On Jun 21, 2021
Kshe:

Facebook

shocked referral or what ??
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 2:48pm On Jun 23, 2021
mentro:

Wow. Tell me how you use Facebook to get jobs?

Well, all I did was join Facebook groups that had small business owners (a good place to start is the Blackout coalition) usually these people are the ones who go on Fiverr looking to outsource tech jobs. Everything was pretty informal like the way you would handle a small business back here in Nigeria. They had less than 1k monthly budget for the role and it required 3 hours of my time daily. I am just to make sure that the site is always running smoothly and I didn't mind since I was looking for a side gig.

Have a good Facebook intro if possible put your portfolio link on your Bio then have your killer pitch. These guys are skeptical about Nigerians so your pitch has to be so good that they consider doing some research on you lastly be friendly.

Edit: Pray also that you find favor. Especially if you don't like the idea of hiding your identity/location to get a job.

For major jobs try (crossover.com) I'm still in process with them so I cannot comment on their success rate but the good thing is that they pair you with a representative who follows up to ensure that you complete your application and they even place calls and send emails too.
However, You would need to take series of tests on their site to ensure you meet the criteria for talents they want. I have not been asked to pay anything also.

I'll update this comment when I'm done with the process.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 2:59pm On Jun 23, 2021
wyt:


can you name where ones can get projects to work on?
Kaggle is a good place.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by mentro: 4:20pm On Jun 23, 2021
Kshe:


Well, all I did was join Facebook groups that had small business owners (a good place to start is the Blackout coalition) usually these people are the ones who go on Fiverr looking to outsource tech jobs. Everything was pretty informal like the way you would handle a small business back here in Nigeria. They had less than 1k monthly budget for the role and it required 3 hours of my time daily. I am just to make sure that the site is always running smoothly and I didn't mind since I was looking for a side gig.

Have a good Facebook intro if possible put your portfolio link on your Bio then have your killer pitch. These guys are skeptical about Nigerians so your pitch has to be so good that they consider doing some research on you lastly be friendly.

Edit: Pray also that you find favor. Especially if you don't like the idea of hiding your identity/location to get a job.

For major jobs try (crossover.com) I'm still in process with them so I cannot comment on their success rate but the good thing is that they pair you with a representative who follows up to ensure that you complete your application and they even place calls and send emails too.
However, You would need to take series of tests on their site to ensure you meet the criteria for talents they want. I have not been asked to pay anything also.

I'll update this comment when I'm done with the process.
Thank you dear sis´┐Ż. God bless you. I have also been reading about crossover, it's time to really take my Facebook serious.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Avidcolz: 7:37am On Jun 24, 2021
Kshe:

Kaggle is a good place.

Thanks dear
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Avidcolz: 7:02am On Jun 28, 2021
Hello house, will it be nice to do both Google spreadsheet along side excel or is excel alone okey?

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 4:53pm On Jun 28, 2021
Avidcolz:
Hello house, will it be nice to do both Google spreadsheet along side excel or is excel alone okey?

This is very dependent on where you plan to use this skill, If it's inside Nigeria chances are that you'll mostly use excel, google sheets seems to be go-to outside Nigeria because it's cloud-based. Learn excel, you can always take a crash course on google sheets.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by LadySarah: 9:51pm On Jun 28, 2021
Sorry Wrong thread
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Ulunne777(f): 10:00pm On Jun 28, 2021
@ Kshe and all, I'm pleased to meet this thread.I'm a female and a working mom but I'm challenging myself to learn Data science. I study mostly between 12am to 4am when network is better and no distractions from world ppl.
Been brushing up with excel for a while and ready to delve into SQL.

I'm enthusiastic about this journey. Thanks for This thread .
Pls what's next after sql or what is the order?

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Avidcolz: 11:50pm On Jun 28, 2021
[quote author=Kshe post=103170558]

This is very dependent on where you plan to use this skill, If it's inside Nigeria chances are that you'll mostly use excel, google sheets seems to be go-to outside Nigeria because it's cloud-based. Learn excel, you can always take a crash course on google sheets.[/quote

Thanks alot. Will concentrate on Excel for now, it is actually massive. Doing it along SQL
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Avidcolz: 11:52pm On Jun 28, 2021
Ulunne777:
@ Kshe and all, I'm pleased to meet this thread.I'm a female and a working mom but I'm challenging myself to learn Data science. I study mostly between 12am to 4am when network is better and no distractions from world ppl.
Been brushing up with excel for a while and ready to delve into SQL.

I'm enthusiastic about this journey. Thanks for This thread .
Pls what's next after sql or what is the order?

You are welcome sis.
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by lovelybobo: 5:23am On Jun 30, 2021
Ulunne777:
@ Kshe and all, I'm pleased to meet this thread.I'm a female and a working mom but I'm challenging myself to learn Data science. I study mostly between 12am to 4am when network is better and no distractions from world ppl.
Been brushing up with excel for a while and ready to delve into SQL.

I'm enthusiastic about this journey. Thanks for This thread .
Pls what's next after sql or what is the order?

Please note that practicing a particular skill is very important to your learning journey. It will give you the opportunity to rate yourself and skill level. they are four levels
1 Beginner
2 Intermediate
3 Advanced
4 Expert
The links below can help you practice and also solve real life data problems from different companies and industries.
Focus on one or two industries to move quicker in your journey.

1 SQL AND PYTHON
https://www.hackerrank.com

2 https://www.leetcode.com

3 https://www.stratascratch.com/

4 https://excel-practice-online.com/

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by lovelybobo: 5:33am On Jun 30, 2021
wyt:


can you name where ones can get projects to work on?

You can get datasets from the links below depending on Industry of interest.

1 https://www.pewresearch.org/download-datasets/
2 https://www.makeovermonday.co.uk/data/

Always pick an industry, To gain domain knowledge

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 1:25pm On Jun 30, 2021
Ulunne777:
@ Kshe and all,
Pls what's next after sql or what is the order?

Learn Excel, SQL and Tableau/Power BI
Then Python you can start with Numpy and Pandas depending on what you need you can branch into other libraries.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Avidcolz: 2:53pm On Jun 30, 2021
lovelybobo:


You can get datasets from the links below depending on Industry of interest.

1 https://www.pewresearch.org/download-datasets/
2 https://www.makeovermonday.co.uk/data/

Always pick an industry, To gain domain knowledge

Thanks so alot. I will check it up
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Ulunne777(f): 8:44pm On Jul 01, 2021
lovelybobo:


Please note that practicing a particular skill is very important to your learning journey. It will give you the opportunity to rate yourself and skill level. they are four levels
1 Beginner
2 Intermediate
3 Advanced
4 Expert
The links below can help you practice and also solve real life data problems from different companies and industries.
Focus on one or two industries to move quicker in your journey.

1 SQL AND PYTHON
https://www.hackerrank.com

2 https://www.leetcode.com

3 https://www.stratascratch.com/

4 https://excel-practice-online.com/


This is beautiful thank you
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Ulunne777(f): 8:45pm On Jul 01, 2021
Kshe:


Learn Excel, SQL and Tableau/Power BI
Then Python you can start with Numpy and Pandas depending on what you need you can branch into other libraries.

Oh that's great.
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Mazugore365: 7:00pm On Jul 06, 2021
That is a really inspiring story especially for those who hide behind the excuse of 'It's too late'. You did a right thing when made uo your mind to switch to a real relevant and high-demanded profession as data science.
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Raytheon: 12:23am On Jul 11, 2021
Kshe:
I'm making this thread to shed some light on the journey to becoming a data scientist in Nigeria.

Coming from a non-IT background, being a female, and not having IT professionals to look up to for guidance I mostly had to navigate the entire process myself. It can be tough moving into data science when you have no clue what programming is all about ( I even pronounced Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) as Zero Zero Programming- It was that bad).

I had spent 5 years in Business Development across various industries and had got to a point where I knew that to remain relevant and to get the kind of income/financial freedom I desired then a career switch was inevitable.

Switching to IT was/is the best decision I have made in my career I am elated by my journey and looking back it's hard to believe that the person who had to google pronunciation of programming terms can now write a Python program.

I'm doing this so women or anyone who finds the process intimidating will realize that it's not impossible and it's a step that is so worth it.

Like I always say, nothing is ever late and being a particular gender should not stop you from pursuing your dreams. Your last line says it all. Well done OP! Well done!!
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by enumerica: 12:26pm On Jul 11, 2021
subscribe to this channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2U6PP34CggzYB_49H-Nd-g

start with this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghx_RSXoc2E&t=35s

expect more videos this week

you do not need any other course for data science
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Gentleman001: 2:09pm On Jul 11, 2021
Kshe:


This is very dependent on where you plan to use this skill, If it's inside Nigeria chances are that you'll mostly use excel, google sheets seems to be go-to outside Nigeria because it's cloud-based. Learn excel, you can always take a crash course on google sheets.
Hi sis.. I just completed my excel courses(self learning).. with the project Have done and The way I source for information(many articles, books, video tutorials, and different websites learning).. I think I can take on any challenge from excel..
also have learn python, numpy, pandas, SQL, matplot... but I want to to be too sure of my self Before moving on with machine learning(all are self.)..
Now my question is can I get a romote job as Data Analysis with excel.. as am sure of my knowledge in excel or there thing I need to learn in addition before I can think of getting job...
I study electrical engineering

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by yemitexcel(m): 7:31pm On Jul 11, 2021
Please I really want to go into Data analyst but I have been trying to raise money for laptop and I would like you to recommend a manageable laptop for me. Thank you
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Nobody: 9:42pm On Jul 11, 2021
Gentleman001:

Hi sis.. I just completed my excel courses(self learning).. with the project Have done and The way I source for information(many articles, books, video tutorials, and different websites learning).. I think I can take on any challenge from excel..
also have learn python, numpy, pandas, SQL, matplot... but I want to to be too sure of my self Before moving on with machine learning(all are self.)..
Now my question is can I get a romote job as Data Analysis with excel.. as am sure of my knowledge in excel or there thing I need to learn in addition before I can think of getting job...
I study electrical engineering
You can get a remote job but don't bank your hope on that. Go to local job sites and search for Data Analysis jobs. The only problem I have with this your niche is that it favours female more than male if you intend searching for foreign remote jobs. I have seen that a lot. Goodluck bro
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by belovez(m): 11:09pm On Jul 11, 2021
Kshe:


Learn Excel, SQL and Tableau/Power BI
Then Python you can start with Numpy and Pandas depending on what you need you can branch into other libraries.

Which aspect of IT did you venture into is it Data science or Web design?
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Rictech: 1:20pm On Jul 12, 2021
How did i miss this thread? Nice one Kshe and the numerous contributors

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 12:00am On Jul 15, 2021
belovez:


Which aspect of IT did you venture into is it Data science or Web design?
Data science and my long-term plan is to be a Machine Learning Engineer. I feel like since I've come this far, I might as well go the whole mile.

I first started learning web design then I realized that I and Css would never be friends, Design isn't my forte so I picked Data Science. My remote gig isn't tilting towards design it's more on maintenance and ensuring that the site is functioning all the time.

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