Why DATA SCIENCE?

Back in June 2015 after failing in all the exams and interviews whatever i had given,i was struggling to find a path for my career,in fact i am at cross roads.

Meanwhile,I found myself with following options.

1)Try for a job as a Software engineer.

2)Try for a job in electronics industry.

But i couldn’t find my passion in any of the above mentioned fields.So i felt i should take sometime in deciding what to do,and so i started analysing and exploring myself.

In the process suddenly one incident where i got stuck down is while booking flight ticket on makemytrip.com from Hyderabad to New Delhi in may 2015.After booking the tickets i found how Facebook and makemytrip.com are linked,how Facebook is using makemytrip.com data to publish the ads(of course this is quite late to observe such things on Facebook :P)

Then after searching for some days i got to know about the buzz word “DATA SCIENCE” and i have seen the following famous quotes and facts in this field.

“I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians…”

Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google, Jan 2009.

“According to McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) research, by 2018 the United States will experience a shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists.”

“Data Analytics is the missing piece in the top management dashboards…”

Carlo Donati, Former head of Nestle South Asia, Oct 2012.

“Data science is not voodoo.We are not building fancy math models for their own sake.We are trying to listen to what the customer is telling us through their behaviour ”

Kevin Geraghty,Head of analytics 360i.

Everything was fine and the field is quite interesting,but one thing which i couldn’t digest is why i should be a data scientist? and why i should enter into this field?

Having spent quite a good amount of time in social service,Electrical projects in college days,in marketing and sales field in HPCL for a year,I was thinking how i can relate this data science field to my previous works.Then i found about companies who are using data science and making a great impact in these areas.Two such companies are:

(Of course big giants like FB,intel,google..etc use data science in making an impact but following companies caught my eye.)

1)Social cops : who are using data to make the world smarter,better,healthier place to live in.

2)Bidgely : who are making great impact in energy conversation sector.

and even recognised how i indirectly worked on database in HPCL and i am pretty sure indian oil companies will use analytics for taking market driven decisions in the near future and so finally i found my reason to be a DATA SCIENTIST.

And then on found a post of my friend Phani Srikanth in NITWarangal101 page on quora who is working in this field.After having some discussions on how i should enter into Data science field with him,i appeared for fellowship test conducted by INSOFE for certificate programme in big data analytics and optimisation,unfortunately i couldn’t land up in top 3 positions in the process for getting internship but was offered 10% scholarship for attending their course work which will be starting from October 3rd 2015.

So my journey to become a data scientist starts from October 3rd 2015.

Note:

I will be posting about the fellowship test and interview process in my next post and will be updating about my learning process in Data science field in future posts.

Finally i end this post with Steve jobs quote “You can’t connect the dots looking forward;you can only connect them looking backwards.So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

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