Data Science As A Career Change – My Story as a Video Interview

Posted By on Aug 7, 2017


If you’re like most people who work with data on a regular basis, you’re probably hearing about data science as a career change option and wondering “Is data science right for me? How hard would it be to transition into that field? Would I even like it?”. These are the types of questions we clear up in the first few weeks of my coaching program, but I understand that most people aren’t in the position to sign-up for that now. That’s why I am thrilled to be able to offer you this LinkedIn Learning exclusive video: Insights on Data Science: Lillian Pierson.

my story of data science as a career change

Although I can’t answer those lingering questions for you – I can tell you my experience, as a person who approached data science as a career change. That’s what this interview is meant to do!

In this exclusive premier interview for LinkedIn Learning, I discuss how I transitioned myself from an Environmental Engineer to a Data Scientist. I discuss tips and tricks that I learned along the way, as a self-taught data scientist. In the interview, we discuss some suggestions I have for landing a job in the field, we discuss the need for diversity in tech, and my personal passion for advocating on behalf of women in tech. There’s a lot covered in this lively 30-minute session; And if you’re considering data science as a career change, watching it should help you get a better idea what to expect, and hopefully a little inspiration to ignite your passion.

Topics include:

  • Practical ways to acquire data science skills and experience
  • Which courses should you take to become a data scientist?
  • What challenges should people be prepared to encounter?
  • Best practices for landing a job in data science
  • Common misconceptions
  • What key personality traits are common among successful data scientists?
  • How has the industry changed in recent years?
  • Practical advice for minorities and women pursuing a career in data science.

Insights on Data Science: Lillian Pierson by Lillian Pierson, P.E.

If you liked this video and want to learn more about how to make the transition into data science as a career change, then be sure to check out my LinkedIn Learning / Lyndas training courses here.

Also, since you’ve watched the video, I’d love to hear what questions it may have sparked in your mind. Leave those in the comments section below and I will try to resolve those for you!

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