Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Attitude

At the end of last year I was losing faith in my ability to study Data Science. Even though I had had a good first contact week, the material was incredibly difficult for me to understand. Following that, I wanted to work hard on my maths, but really had to start at a much lower point Read More

Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Maths

As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve just finished my second contact week with the Uni for my apprenticeship and I am re-motivated to learn. The maths is the thing that has me the most stumped, so I’m going to take charge and stop hoping that the material I’m struggling with will suddenly make sense. Luckily, Read More

Data Science Contact Week 2: Finished!

Today marks the end of my second contact week for my Data Science apprenticeship. My main takeaway is the same as last time, I should not be so worried about being behind, if I just put in the hours, I’ll be fine. After this week, I can even envision myself getting ahead as we now have Read More

I Underestimated Data Science

I didn’t realise I was going to have to learn Linear Algebra and Calculus for this degree. It was silly of me really to so far underestimate what I would need to learn. From what I had read online, python or r can do all the work for you, you just need to learn the language Read More

Data Science Contact Week 1: Finished!

My first face to face contact week with the university professors is over. In some ways I’m relieved because the hours have been long, as has the commute, and the work has been tiring. But I will also miss it, because I’ve enjoyed the structured learning as well as collaborating and bonding with fellow students. I’ve Read More

Not Where I Thought I’d Be And Grateful

I have around 6 weeks before my Data Science degree begins. I think I’m starting to get nervous about it now. Studying for the Udacity Nanodegree has already been pretty hard! And it isn’t even over yet! If someone had told me when I started this new job that I would be studying for a Bachelor’s Read More

Good News Everyone!

I got the confirmation today that I would be accepted to join a Data Science Apprenticeship degree. The head of admissions approved me based on my work experience (years of business metrics, Excel and VBA) and self-study (Business Statistics and Advanced Excel)! To clarify, this apprenticeship will be for an actual Bachelor’s degree in Data Science. Read More

Coursera Specialization Experiment: Results

Mission complete and a success! Make no mistake, the exams are far from easy, I have spent many hours over the last few days downloading Excel workbooks, following the assessment instructions and answering questions. And I didn’t always get them right the first time, or even the second time!

Is My Lack Of Formal Education Holding Me Back?

After such a busy weekend, I started looking at what my next steps should be. After some research, I found articles saying that working across four different departments within an industry can boost your career as much as an MBA. Although I haven’t yet worked across four different departments in retail, I’m not far off from Read More