What do young and budding data scientists want?

-To be mentored by experienced data scientists on acquiring skills what to study and where to study given the huge number of choices in studying data science (videos, Moocs, classroom,online education) at different price points (from 0$ to 10000$). surprising number of would be data scientists in India dont know basics of git or linux even though it is free at places like codeacademy. surprising number of experienced data scientists in India do not give back to community in meetups or webcasts even though doing so would increase their brands.

-many institutes offer huge number of courses ranging from 400$ to 10000$ programs. budding data scientists need some sort of protection from confusion created by unethical marketing promises

– students need capstone projects, how to do competitions like kaggle, hackathons, open datasets to practice skills above. competitive coding, data structures and algorithms is the next round of knowledge to be acquired to get interviews.

– opportunity to showcase their skills and output in internships. A single data science post on LetsIntern gets ~300 applicants!

Lets all try and give knowledge if we are experienced, and lets all try to humbly work hard to acquire knowledge if we are new. This is next revolution in information technology due to cloud, big data, open source, machine and deep learning, and AI.

Lets make knowledge equitable. Thats the only way it grows.

Author: Ajay Ohri


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