This is Not a Real Data Science Degree

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Motivation

Two trends disrupting every industry: 1) Power is shifting from organizations to individuals. 2) Media presence is key. In education, #1 means teachers are free agents. We can source content from the best instructors in the world. #2 means creating content for/with a vibrant community of learners. (Video: Shawn Kanungo, October 2020)

But how will I get a job without a “real” degree?

Find a company that properly values your discipline and desire for learning, or start your own.

Prerequisites

Becoming an analyst-ML expert hybrid

The top trophy hire in data science is elusive, and it’s no surprise: “full-stack” data scientist means mastery of machine learning, statistics, and analytics.

Python-focused, plus the basics of SQL and R

The Python logo.

Two terms

Learn → Frame → Assess → Create

The process you’ll use to build your new data skills.

Since I’m not employed by any company, I can be more objective about the individual resources I recommend. My only goal is to create the best possible curriculum.

Time commitment

Price

NBA superstar Kevin Durant is excited about you driving down the price of education.

Community

🔍 Problem: Free communities tend to be noisy without a barrier to entry.

💡 Solution: Paid communities use strategic friction to build high-signal environments. Members are invested and engaged. Community builders are aligned with members and able to invest in great experiences.

Why I’m doing this

Next steps

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