I was interested in knowing why people are interested in Data Sciences the hype is quite high now, and i am wondering why makes data sciences so interesting for you?
Below i'm reflecting on my own way; trying to explain why i am investing so much time in learning now ;
I am a 30 year old european guy who loves travelling, nature and playing chess; And i try to enter data sciences;
I just left my last job to invest more time in learning ; my interest grew for everything tech and data in my last job actually; I was fortunate enough to work directly with private equity analysts or institutional investors backing start ups ; or the large strategic consulting global firms (MBB type etc) , who consult for digitization, IoT , Industry 4.0, Marketplace, Cloud for different sectors, O&G, automotive, banking and insurances, energy, construction and real estate, FMCG, chemicals, or retail, etc;
That's when and I started programming after hours; I learned some python, r, mainly with Coursera or Datacamp; I already used the vba daily; I generaly tend to become very quickly obsessed with a particular technology or domain (blockchain, data sciences, neural network, or, ect). This allows me to build up and adapt very quickly even if i miss some technical skills now;
Data Sciences is a rapidly evolving field where you need to continually learn new technologies and models. I think this faculty of learning and curiosity can give me an edge;
The business side of data sciences is not to be forgotten; if you want to create a machine learning platform, a dahsboard or a statistical decision model, you still need understand the business applications and be able to sell your findings .
Digging a bit more, I found some stuff that could be interesting to enter a university or to a recruter; my thesis was using data mining of data and texts; and I loved it! At the time, I was using the Tropes software, an open source text-mining GUI (so no programming involved); I did a lot of statistics and algebra in school, so I know I could pick it up again!
i would love to work in "BI”; at the intersection between business and analytics w; work as a consultant would be ideal to understand different aspects of datasciences in different departments, companies and sectors ( tech companies, agriculture , insurances etc ! ;
The machine learning / AI aspect of Data also appeals to me; i am very much interested in working with text for exemple (working with chatbot like cortana, alexa, nlp, translation, fake news detectors, etc); My main interest as a potential data scientist would be mastering stuff like tensorflow or keras; want to become a kind of full stack data scientist and work on my own project :start ups, edtech for example, or travelling apps;
I know it will be a lot of work but I am a determined person ; anyway, AI is the new electricity and its powered with data (as Andrew Ng said) so any investment in data/AI should be a good one ;