I'm 25 years old
I have no work experience besides working in the family business (restaurant)
I almost finished my Business Bachelors' degree, -which in my opinion is not really valuable.
On the side, I try to lean Python and some Computer science principals and taking extra courses on coursera and EDX.
and aspire to work in the field of data science /analytics.
I want to choose for myself, instead of being mixed up in the Family business
What kind of side-job allow me to work and develop my skills, or just general life advice?
I am also 25 and I to have been taking course's through coursera, I would also recommened checking out cisco's netacademy, its free and has a lot of useful information, I would also recommended studying for some comptia certifications, they are also really big when it comes to getting jobs, in the computer field.
Depending on what you are looking for you can get some hands on experience fixing computers almost anywhere. Take to Facebook and go on the buy sell trade sites looking for electronics people dont use anymore and you can get them fairly cheap or free, and just start tinkering away. If you are looking for some self pace extracuricular learning, you could also check out cybrary that is the site I use to keep up with my sec+ cert. COMPTIA also has apps you can download to help study for their tests.
Feel free to reach out, I would be glad to answer any questions and share any of my expierences with you. Most of them are still rather fresh, and ongoing. But I have been working in the Electronic technician field for about 7 years now, and the Cybersecurity field for 5, I currently hold Security+, and am studying for CASP, as well as taking some smaller certifications through coursera, cisco's netacademy. Hang in there and just keep researching.
Hi David, The fields of Data Science / Analytics have a bright future - If you have strong interest and are enjoying learning the Python and Computer science principles, I encourage you to work on interesting projects that would allow you to demonstrate skills and apply for relevant jobs.
Few ways I know of working on interesting projects are:
1) Explore websites of big companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, etc that have volunteer project opportunities as students. eg https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/teals/students
2) There are Nano degree courses on Udacity that would allow you to learn at your speed and work on projects. https://www.udacity.com/nanodegree
3) There are coding schools and data science bootcamps that would offer practical training and job search help.
There is also this thread on Quora where people have offered advice on finding Data science job without a degree : https://www.quora.com/How-does-one-become-a-data-scientist-without-a-degree
Secondly, You mentioned that you almost finished Bachelors. If your situation permits going back to finish education, now in your newly found field of interest, that could open up new doors and your school might also have recruitment cell to help.
Finally, Don't be shy to reach out to people on LinkedIn or in your network asking for help. If you have genuine interest in the field and can demonstrate skill, there are many people who would take chances on you. Based on my experience there is more demand than supply in the field of data science, so you are on a right path to secure work if you are making sincere effort.
Best of Luck !
I strongly advise you to get a customer service oriented side job (like Starbucks or catering). This sounds ridiculous but a lot of places in your field looks at customer service jobs. Plus it helps you develop your sense of responsibility and team work.
This is helpful throughout college. When I was in college, I managed a Starbucks and it was the best thing I could've done. It set me up for interviews, work at firms and, eventually, the startup of my business.
Also a life tip: Breathe through the moment. All moments are temporary and life is too short. That all sounds so cheesy but don't forget to do it because you'll get overwhelmed and you just have to make sure you're staying level headed!
Best of luck to you
Hi David, I would like to reiterate what everyone is saying here as well. Your field of choice, although you say it's boring is VERY important to many functional areas. I would look to many larger companies who have hiring events in your area - Cisco, Accenture, Deloitte, EY, Microsoft, Oracle. Those are just a few I found doing a quick search. I know they have Business Analysts in Operations busy doing run the business metrics round the clock. That's how they stay in business. Get your butt out there!!! There's money to be made.
Hello David, it is always good to learn and I believe it is a good thing that you're interested in Python and computer science as this is a field that is very valuable in today's business which can get you many opportunities. You need to grow you network and reach out to people either on Linkedin or other social media platform.
Also, there are many online courses that you can take, which can be very helpful as well.
good luck :)