How to Switch Careers into Data Science

You might be hoping that I provide a one-size-fits-all guide to this and show you the perfect way to switch to data science.

I’m not.

I’m here to tell you that there’s every way in the world to change your future, and it’s up to you to find what works for you. You’re a unique individual with your own interests and talents. There’s plenty of room in the world for you. What makes you unique can be what gets you noticed and in turn hired. Get out there and be who you were born to be!

While you’re at it, write about it. We’d love to hear what makes you special.

Years and years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I’d be Muslim. I wouldn’t have envisioned this being my life. I also didn’t know that I was going to be working in analytics one day when I was younger. Yet, here I am now. Alhamdullilah.

Carefully laid plans for your life can end up going in different direction and your assumptions about yourself may be wrong. Alhamdullilah that Allah has a plan for me that’s way more awesome than I could ever create. After learning to code and discovering the joys of working with data, I became a data scientist.

Your differences can be the most powerful part of you. If you’re thinking about a career change or if just starting a new career, you can’t turn to your expertise to define who you are. It won’t. It’s highly unlikely that your resume will be the most qualified resume in the bunch.

There are so many reasons to hire a person beyond just looking at their resume.

Ask yourself how you’re different from others. Build on those differences. If your related experience isn’t not worth noting, then make an experience that is! Create your own group. (Online groups are awesome for finding support.) Volunteer! Contribute to the community of open-source projects! That’s a good place to become involved in learning and changing your life. There’s so many amazing projects and groups run by people who would love your help. Open-source projects in data science would be an awesome addition to a resume and could help you build a portfolio of projects to become competitive in an interview.

So what should you do?

Everything and anything within you power. But start making a change right now!

There are dozens and dozens of reasons that might lead to you deciding to switch careers. One reason could be that you started a family. Or you might really need a change because this different career is more interesting to you. Maybe you have a job that you can’t return to or a job in which you can’t move forward. It also might be possible that you lost your job.

Maybe it’s simply the right time for a fresh start.

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