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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Asour: 10:07am On Jul 22, 2021
Fantastic.

You guys /ladies are all inspiring.
You're where I need to be.

But I see that some have very high expectations which is not healthy.
I personally think that Data Science means advanced Analytics (Not saying you're wrong) that includes Maths(stats)& Machine learning.

Data science (I love to call it Advanced analytics) would be more profitable to those who also have subject matter expertise (Accountants, Engineers, Lawyers, Pharmacists, Doctors, Salespeople, etc) to match their technical chops.

For those keen on a learning path,
I have seen no better than:
https://practicum.yandex.com/data-scientist/
If you have the money.
It's like a compressed Masters Programme.

For everything else just buy books on Packt publishing or Manning.

For those in the management sciences get a good book on Business Statistics. Fundamentals are key.
If not download the free textbook by Danielle Navarro - Learn Statistics with R.
With this you achieve 2 goals, Learn Statistics & become proficient in R.
Ken Black's Business Statistics is also Perfect.

SQL - Check Packt publishing
Python- Check Packt too.
But remember that these are just tools. The aim (ultimately) is to help clients derive value from their data.

Certifications are key nowadays since clients don't know any better.
I'll keep reading too.

Cheers.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by rayblaze11: 12:57pm On Jul 23, 2021
Thank you. Is the first link still free? And I tried the second one, the link isn't going
Mccollins042:
This is a wonderful thread, weldone OP
Tech is the new oil.
if apple were a country it would be the 55th richest in the world with a revenue of $178 billion
i'm here to share 2 free bootcamps to you which i'm currently enrolled in

This is not an advert, It is an opportunity for any Nigerian that wants a tech breakthrough.
1) Data analysis at Entrylevel
Data analysts/ scientists earn an average of 70,000 usd/ year
if you are interested in becoming data analyst or a product manager, learn from top industry experts for free .
click here https://entrylevel.page/56VA
registration ends tomorrow 15/07/2021

2) Data science/ machine learning at WQU
I cannot over emphasize on how important this course is. it is very intensive and lasts for 4 months after which you will be given a certificate
it will teach you everything you need to land your first job
www.worldquantuniversity.org
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Mccollins042(m): 7:59am On Aug 18, 2021
sorry the second link is www.wqu.edu
the 2 links are always free
rayblaze11:
Thank you. Is the first link still free? And I tried the second one, the link isn't going

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by giftedhands101: 9:51am On Aug 18, 2021
Kshe:


even though I know you need a Laptop I also know that where there's a will there's always a way.
Download Linkedin learning on your phone sign up for free data science courses. install youtube on your phone go to MITCOURSEWARE, Programming with moss/ Amigos code/ Geekslesson / Bro Code and learn even if you are not practicing keep absorbing what you see, train your mind to recognize code. Start with excel, Install excel on your phone, and start practicing.

Begin to save up for a Laptop something decent.
If you have an expensive phone, Sell your phone if you must that's if it's not earning you money (what you need is a phone that can serve as a modem for your laptop nothing fancy)

Give it one year to invest in yourself you'll be fine after one year.

@Kshe what type of laptop do you recommend?
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Nobody: 11:20am On Nov 14, 2021
Kshe:


even though I know you need a Laptop I also know that where there's a will there's always a way.
Download Linkedin learning on your phone sign up for free data science courses. install youtube on your phone go to MITCOURSEWARE, Programming with moss/ Amigos code/ Geekslesson / Bro Code and learn even if you are not practicing keep absorbing what you see, train your mind to recognize code. Start with excel, Install excel on your phone, and start practicing.

Begin to save up for a Laptop something decent.
If you have an expensive phone, Sell your phone if you must that's if it's not earning you money (what you need is a phone that can serve as a modem for your laptop nothing fancy)

Give it one year to invest in yourself you'll be fine after one year.



Mohsen Imani is looking for multiple self-motivated Ph.D. students to join his group at the computer science department at University of California Irvine for Fall 2022.

The areas of interest are machine learning theory, application, and systems. All candidates are expected to have excellent programming skills.

If you are interested, please email a copy of your CV: m.imani@uci.edu.

Please use "Ph.D. Application Fall 2022" as the title of your email.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by wealthtrak: 6:29pm On Mar 08, 2022
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.
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Ebuka5: 10:53am On Mar 10, 2022
Mccollins042:
This is a wonderful thread, weldone OP
Tech is the new oil.
if apple were a country it would be the 55th richest in the world with a revenue of $178 billion
i'm here to share 2 free bootcamps to you which i'm currently enrolled in

This is not an advert, It is an opportunity for any Nigerian that wants a tech breakthrough.
1) Data analysis at Entrylevel
Data analysts/ scientists earn an average of 70,000 usd/ year
if you are interested in becoming data analyst or a product manager, learn from top industry experts for free .
click here https://entrylevel.page/56VA
registration ends tomorrow 15/07/2021

2) Data science/ machine learning at WQU
I cannot over emphasize on how important this course is. it is very intensive and lasts for 4 months after which you will be given a certificate
it will teach you everything you need to land your first job
www.worldquantuniversity.org

Any other opportunity like this
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by Kshe(f): 1:41pm On Mar 22, 2023
Hi Guys,

It's been long I've been here, Life has really been happening. And it comes at you really fast.

Since the goal is to motivate with this thread I figured I should do an update on how OP is doing.
Long story short

OP have JAPA! grin

Asides from getting a high-end skill to earn more and have a chance to live the life of my dreams, I wanted a skill that would be valuable anywhere in the world for the time that I JAPA.

I went on to do a Computer Science Masters degree in the UK and I'm in my second semester and would be rounding off very soon.

I plan to start my career in Data Engineering or Artificial Intelligence Engineering depending on the one that will pay pass and the one that I find.

if you're still dragging your feet about switching

Imagine where I would be if I had not switched.

Let's not even imagine it, I don't have the energy to think about it.

All the best.

Meanwhile I plan to check the thread often going forward.

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Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by GoldenqueenC(f): 5:19am On Mar 24, 2023
Kshe:

Congratulations op
Re: How I Switched To Data Science From A Non IT Background - My Learning Experience by mbachidi: 9:41am On Mar 25, 2023
I need a machine learning expert, so we can work on a task together

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