Hi Yingyi, This is a great question! A double major in Comp Sci and Stats is a fantastic foundation for this area. The great news is that there are so many different ways to start working in data science and all different skills sets are required. One possible suggestion is to join a group like WiDS - there is a Women in Data Science (WiDS) Group that holds regional events - one was just in March. Check out the speakers to get an idea of how broad the possibilities and talent really is: http://www.widsconference.org/speakers.html
You will start to see more and more job opportunities in this field - your majors are a great springboard for big data or data science or so many related data/STEM careers. There are also some great online programs at https://www.coursera.org (see https://www.coursera.org/specializations/jhu-data-science)
You can also watch the WiDs videos: http://www.widsconference.org/videos.html (take notes on all the projects you like and start focusing in on possible areas that you would like to pursue.) One thing to consider is starting a Data Science Group/club at your school and watch the videos together as part of a club activity. This is what we did at our campus - we watched some of the conference together and added some local speakers and a networking event. It was so much fun and we met some great new peers at our own campus through this activity. It doesn't have to cost a lot either, get some chips and cookies and fire up the laptops. Find a faculty advisor to be a champion and include other areas/departments. Data science has sooo many applications to almost all industries.
Victoria recommends the following next steps:
- Let us know what you think is interesting or useful! This is such a cool area and I am very excited for you!
- Keep a journal or idea book of what looks interesting to you. Read as much as you can about the field. Try to choose papers/projects in school that help you get some experience in this area. Start networking virtually or in person. Dont be afraid to email or reach out to fellow data scientists. You will be very much in demand and this field is growing by leaps and bounds.
- Check out this link and see if there are events in your area or consider attending online: http://www.widsconference.org/