In a previous post, I said that many corporate are trying to benefit from the demand for data science as applied to their sector or company but not many are doing enough to improve the supply of data scientists.
In anecdotal arguments for students In India and USA , many have argued that many training companies are charging exorbitant amounts and misguided promises to essentially teach tools and techniques but not the essential analytical mindset for splicing and dicing of data as well as enough information to reach balance between the three skills for data scientists- statistics, programming and business perspective.
Added to this, many people building tools for data scientists have not worked in data science consulting them self but are addicted to one platform or product due to commercial or intellectual compulsions.
Here is what I think could be a supply side solution to the problem of demand of data scientists hindering actual data science benefits to humanity regardless of commercial or social sectors.
- Build up a pool of curated best practice training
- Get them validated and verified across different business sectors by industry experts
- Add hardware or cloud training to software training
- Offer them on accessible platforms like mobile, tablet and web
- Offer them on accessible languages like Spanish Swahili Chinese Arabic as well
- Gamify some of the content to make it interesting, basically start creating data science hackers at an earlier age than just post graduate students
- Tie up with industry to offer internships that are fair balanced and demand equal commitment
- Tie in soft skill training for better professionalism
- Offer all this for free but use data generated for improving this not only on a human intervention basis but computer adaptive training and testing
- Monetize only after you reach a huge scale not prematurely
- Make it interactive using videos, 15 minute weekly personalized help on Skype from support, webinars but capture data continuously to drive engagement metrics
Do you want to just make money on the demand (uncertain) for data science but do you want to make more money on the supply side of data science too?