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Want to know how to start a career in data science?

  • 1.  Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Community Leadership
    Posted Fri June 24, 2022 11:39 AM

    Happy Friday! We frequently hear from community members that they are interested in learning more about how to become a data scientist and how to have a successful career in data & AI:

    • How to get started?
    • Where to find the best resources?
    • Tips and tricks?
    • Pitfalls to avoid?
    • What if you want to switch careers?
    • Etc.
    We're starting to put together an event on this topic. Please leave a comment below with your specific questions, and we'll assemble the perfect panel of some of our IBM experts, whether data science veterans or relative newbies.

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    Tim Bonnemann
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  • 2.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    InnerCircle
    Posted Mon June 27, 2022 11:47 AM
    I have around 6 years experience in mainframe and currently looking to change my skill. I have already enrolled for a data science course .I would like to know what steps I need to take before I apply for data science related jobs?

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  • 3.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Mon June 27, 2022 11:47 AM
    Hello -

    I completed the IBM Data Science Professional Certification on Coursera about 2 months ago and am trying to find my first data science job. I'm curious to learn are there other projects I can and should be working on while I continue my job search or should I be looking for a Data Analyst role just to get started in my career? Does IBM hold any training programs or newbies that will then lead to a position within the company? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards.

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    Terrell Toney
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  • 4.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Tue July 05, 2022 11:42 AM
    Kindly, let me know when you get a solutions,I also completed the course on coursera.

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    Jude Atter
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  • 5.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Mon June 27, 2022 07:32 PM
    Hello

    As part of a student of Artificial Intelligence Engineer B. S. and a IBM zSystems student ambassador, I would like to know, if there are job opportunities as an intern in the field of AI and Data Science at IBM?

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    Felipe Sanchez
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  • 6.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Tue June 28, 2022 05:47 AM
    Good morning Tim,

    Please can an experience on the job alone qualify one to be a Data Scientist? After knowing about Data, Data Mining, AI, etc on the job with extensive experience over 15+ , can you be confident to call yourself a Data Scientist, if you have not written any qualifying exams?

    Look forward to having a favourable response from you. Thank you.


    Timothy Asiedu.

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    Timothy Asiedu
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  • 7.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Thu June 30, 2022 10:08 AM
    Hi Tim. I really like your question. By asking it, you show a lot of humility, which speaks highly of you.

    I can only speak from my experience, so take this response for just that. Most people who are "Data Scientists" just decided one day to call themselves that. I've been building predictive models and deploying those algorithms in production systems for twenty-five years, but I only recently started identifying as a data scientist. The term or title "Data Scientist" is pretty new, and, honestly, if you ask ten IBM Data Scientists to describe what it is, you'll get 15 different answers. I'm not entirely sure what it is, to be honest.



    So, to answer your question, if you have 15 years of experience with AI and Data, I'd say you are already a Data Scientist. You are probably more qualified to use the title than a good portion of people who identify as a "Data Scientist" on their LinkedIn profile.
    :-).

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    SHAD GRIFFIN
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  • 8.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Tue July 05, 2022 09:27 AM
    hi all

    Greetings,

    Scientists are of various levels and it depends on the experience one gets during their practice. At the same time there are some minimum limits of expertise that a scientist should possess. So if it is there in the data science domain, he/she is a data scientist.

    regards
    mani





  • 9.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Tue July 05, 2022 02:06 PM
    Hi Shad,

    Thank you once again for making the subject : Data Scientist in IBM environment clearer.
    If you can call us a Data Scientist for our contribution to the field, then we are humbled.

    Best regards,


    Timothy K. Asiedu

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    Timothy Asiedu
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  • 10.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Thu June 30, 2022 10:24 AM
    Hi Felipe. Yes definitely! IBM needs bright young minds like yours to continue our 111-year legacy as a global tech leader.

    Here is a link to the website for entry-level opportunities and internships.


    https://www.ibm.com/us-en/employment/entrylevel/


    Also, not sure what year in school you are in, but this is a great training program for young people looking to get into a technology career.

    https://www.ibm.com/employment/accelerate/#tracks

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    SHAD GRIFFIN
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  • 11.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Community Leadership
    Posted Thu June 30, 2022 04:49 PM
    These are all good questions, thanks! Keep 'em coming!

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    Tim Bonnemann
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  • 12.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Thu July 07, 2022 11:13 AM

    Hi, I'm wanting to change careers and get into data science (UK if it matters). I've been a software engineer for approaching 4 years now and also have a physics Ph.D., so I've got the mathematical and programming background to get through learning materials reasonably quickly. I've also now completed two Coursera courses:

    • Johns Hopkins University's "Data Science Specialization"

    • Andrew Ng's "Machine Learning"

    These have given me some experience with the R and Octave languages, although I'm aware that I should get some Python and whatever else under my belt (C++ is by far my most familiar language).

    I'm hoping for some advice on what my next move should be, e.g. what would be a good online course to tackle next - there are so many courses out there, so many ''top 10 courses" articles... I just don't know what the next one should be.

    I also keep wondering whether those courses have already covered (in a foundational/conceptual sense) most of what a data scientist uses, and perhaps I should now be concentrating more on putting those concepts into practice (rather than going through more video lecture courses).



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    DS_ML Questions
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  • 13.  RE: Want to know how to start a career in data science?

    Posted Thu July 07, 2022 11:13 AM
    The first step is understanding the different types of data science jobs. There are three main categories: analytics, data engineering, and business intelligence (BI).

    What are some of the essential skills for a data scientist?

    1. Data visualization 
    2. Statistical analysis
    3. Machine learning
    4. Programming
    Here are some examples of careers in data science:

    • Data engineer
    • Data scientist

    Be patient; it takes time to develop the necessary skills and experience to succeed in this field. However, anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and perseverance!

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    Gautham Digital Learning
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