How to launch your DS/AI career in 12 weeks?
From a time around when DS/AI field started picking up, every other day I get at least 8–10 messages from DS/AI starters & enthusiasts on ‘How can I get into DS/AI field?’. Over the period of time, I have improvised my response based on the follow-up questions they ask like:
What is the difference between DS, ML, DL, AI, DM?
What are the roles in DS/AI, who does what?
What concepts, process & tools they need to learn?
Which books, courses etc they need to refer?
How to build a DS/AI portfolio?
How to write a resume for DS/AI?
How to build a helpful network?
How to search for the job?
How to prepare for the interview?
How to stay up to date in this still evolving field?
At the beginning of 2019, I thought why not to build a framework or a road-map for DS/AI starters and enthusiasts so that I need not to answer the same type of questions again and again. And that is when I started documenting what a starter or enthusiast need to do step by step in order to reach a level when he is ready to tackle any challenge thrown to him.
DS/AI field is not a rocket science, still you can relate launching your career with launching a satellite.
On an abstract level, it looks fairly simple, overall process can be divided into four logical phases: Navigate, Build, Launch & Maintain.
Navigate is the very first phase of your DS/AI journey, where you need to understand the overall landscape before diving deep. This step covers Q1 & Q2.
Build phase covers all the concepts, processes, tools you need to learn and the resources you need to refer to gain required knowledge. This step responses Q3 & Q4.
Launch is the phase where you build your portfolio, network with like-minded professionals and start looking for job. This step elaborates from Q5 to Q9.
Maintain phase details out how you can stay up to date in this ever-evolving field. This step answers Q10.
In the last 6 months, I have framed my responses to you around this framework, based on the feedback, I am fairly confident that it works. Based on the feedback by you guys, I have also estimated the overall timeline one should be looking to be ready is around 12 weeks.
Obviously, you can’t be an expert in such a short time but I can ensure that you have all the awareness, concepts, resources and tools at your disposal to tackle any challenge in DS/AI field yourself.
The intrinsic details of each step is not in scope of this post, I will be covering some of the content in upcoming posts.
While I am covering the content in my upcoming blog-posts, if you are looking for everything at one place in a structured way, I have published in form of a book:
Notion Press (India): https://notionpress.com/read/DS-AI-Self-Starter-Handbook
Amazon (Outside): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079189262