I am dentist from India and trying to start career as data scientist in bay area. I love working with numbers. Is bootcamp the right way to go or what are your suggestions to get into the field?
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If you want to become a data scientist, and are coming from little to no technical background, before signing up for a bootcamp, I would suggest working on the fundamentals and foundations of programming first. That is not something you will necessarily get at a bootcamp, but something you will need to be a good data scientist.
There are also some programs that will give you the foundations if you need more structure. Here in SF, there is a program, Holberton, that focuses on the foundations before students specialize.
If you aren't yet sure if coding bootcamp is right for you, you might want to try a free course to get a glimpse into what boot camp may be like. Code Ninja offers a free, self-directed course called JumpSt@rt for people like yourself. The course is designed for people to experiment with code prior to making a financial investment into a boot camp. Give it a try, it's free! http://code-ninja.co/Programs/JUMPST@RT.html
A coding bootcamp gives you a huge boost since it is so intensive and you practice immediately. Students cover the same volume of knowledge that they could learn in a year on their own. If you put all of your effort into it you will be on another level in 2 months. It is proved that you can ge to the entry level developer after the bootcamp. Of course you will be only progressing inside the selected stack. Good thing is that you will get the understanding of general logic and thinking in coding that will make it much easier to learn a new language or framework afterwards.
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I might be a bit biased, but at Springboard we've certainly seen our graduates get better career outcomes because of the structure and mentorship a bootcamp brings you as you make your initial steps into data science. That's reflected in our student success stories: https://www.springboard.com/success/
We recently launched the Data Science Career Track (https://www.springboard.com/workshops/data-science-career-track/), the first online bootcamp to guarantee you a data science job or your money back. If you have any more questions, I'm happy to answer them at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Hello. I am the President of Metis, a data science training business operating in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.
A love of numbers is necessary, but not sufficient, for starting a career in data science. You need to make sure you have an equal passion for programming. Finally, you need to ask yourself: Are you curious? Are you creative? Are you comfortable communicating complicated ideas and making them accessible to a wide range of people?
Before you consider attending a bootcamp, spend time answering these questions and ensuring you have the foundation knowledge and skills in place.
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