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Expert Insights 03: Data Science as a Modern age Career

Posted on September 09, 2020 by Umer Fayaz  | Academics | Blog

In the age when data has become important than ever, global leaders like Bill Gates have voiced their views on the growing popularity of Data Science. In the coming years, the domain is expected to grow multifold. To understand how Data Science is shaping the modern job industry, we have expert faculty from ISBF to share their views. 

1. Give us a detailed outline of Data Science as a modern age career?

Dr. Shashwat Ganguly: 

Given that the use of data is rampant in almost every sector, Data Science has become a career of choice for the new generation. Be it the healthcare industry, banks, or education sector, the research and development in all these domains rely hugely on Data Science. Over the years, the need for skilled professionals in the field of Data Science is expected to grow substantially which is a good signal for Data Science enthusiasts to bank on.  

2. Now that India is largely focusing on manufacturing its own goods and big tech companies are investing in it, how do you see that would affect the careers in Data Science?

Dr. Yawar Ehsan:

To be able to carve a space in the niche that the companies are targeting in this competitive market, they need data. And processing the huge amount of data cannot be done using traditional means. Data Science offers a viable and more reliable alternative that will help companies to devise long-term as well as short-term strategies to reinforce their position in the market. 

3. Students often find it hard to get internships in Data Science. What do you think is the reason and what should they do to start their career early?

Dr. Shashwat Ganguly:

Since Data Science is relatively a newer field compared to traditional Computer Science Engineering and other technical fields, there is a need for awareness. In India, the need for tech-savvy graduates is on the rise and the same trend is followed everywhere else in the world. One reason that the students often find it hard to get internships in Data Science is that it is an emerging field and there are fewer avenues at present. To be able to grab an internship or job opportunity, a student must be well-versed with the subject and it is preferable to start early.

4.How long do you think that the field of Data Science will remain relevant, given the drastic changes in the world of technology?

Dr. Yawar Ehsan: 

For over a decade at least, Data Science will remain relevant. I don’t personally see a downside to it. It is in its initial phase and there is a lot of scope for development. Considering how almost every sector is dependent on Data Science, the relevance of Data Science is expected to grow significantly. 

5. What platforms (such as kaggle) are there for the students who want to excel in the field, and demonstrate their learning? 

Dr. Shashwat Ganguly

There are many other platforms that can be used by the students for learning and polishing their skills, some of them are Github, KD nuggets, Analytics Vidhya, Datacamp, Codecademy, etc.

6. What is the most suitable career path for the students wishing to pursue Data Science? How important are specialization degrees in Data Science? 

Dr. Yawar Ehsan

There can be two ways for Data Science aspirants who want to make the career in the field, one is by self-learning: first learning the basics from different free courses online in the subjects like Statistics and Probability, Linear Algebra, Python, R, Machine Learning basics etc, second is by enrolling formally in a course in Data Science. In both cases, projects and internships play a pivotal role. 

7. How is the Data Science programme offered at ISBF any different from the ones offered by other institutions? 

Dr. Yawar Ehsan

All programmes at ISBF are designed and evaluated by the London School of Economics, which means that the students who enroll for a Diploma in Data Science at ISBF study the LSE curriculum, and the final degree is awarded by the University of London. The degree is globally recognized which gives students an edge over others while applying for jobs in India and abroad. 

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