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Discover Your Path Toward Data Science with ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp


ODSC has developed a mini-bootcamp, designed to reduce the time and monetary costs of discovering which pathway into data science you should take. In this article, we’ll discuss seven reasons why ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp might be right for you.



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Seven years after data scientist was named the “sexiest job of the 21st Century” by the Harvard Business Review, it still tops the list of Glassdoor’s “50 Best Jobs in America for 2019.” But how do you break into this in-demand industry, or make sure it’s the right one for you? One possible pathway that has become popular is the data science bootcamp. These bootcamps have become an alternate method for getting the job skills you may need. However, the high costs and significant time commitment are not ideal for the aspiring data scientist still deciding how, and in what capacity, they want to enter the industry. In response, ODSC has developed a mini-bootcamp, designed to reduce the time and monetary costs of discovering which pathway into data science you should take. In this article, we’ll discuss seven reasons why ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp might be right for you.

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1. Time to commit

While regular bootcamps are shorter than a university course, and more efficient than trying to teach yourself everything, they still last a few months, or a few weeks at the least (the shortest we found was 5 weeks). This means you have to plan your life around the course for months, are more likely to miss some of the classes and information, and have to complete the classes and assignments on top of your work. ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp, on the other hand, can be completed in 3 or 5 days. It’s an intensive course, but it reduces the strain on your life overall and you’ll leave with all the same skills (if not more).

2. You’ll have the skills sooner

By making our mini-bootcamp a week-long, we’ve chosen to focus on tangible skills, rather than vague theories that won’t help you. You will gain tangible, applicable skills faster, meaning you can start applying them to the industry sooner rather than later. Our instructors want you to leave the course able to start building your GitHub profile, applying for jobs, and solving real-world business problems.

3. Much cheaper

ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp is also much cheaper compared to the full-length ones. We know you’re giving up time at work to join us at ODSC, and want you to get the absolute most out of the experience, without worrying about how much money you’re spending.

4. There’s no time for fluff

Because ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp is so short, the instructors have to make their lectures as specific as possible. Unlike some classes that are 90% buildup with the main point in the last 10 minutes, we have no time for fluff. You get more information in a shorter time and don’t have to sit through hours of unnecessary talking that’s done for the sake of filling up time. At ODSC, everyone’s time is more valuable.

5. Faster understanding of what your job would be like

Many people enrolling in data science bootcamps don’t have much experience in the field, or are using the bootcamps to “test out” if they actually like the subject. The problem, again, is that most bootcamps are weeks, or even months, long. This means you might realize in the second class that you don’t like the subject, but have paid and signed up for the rest of the course that you’ll have to waste your time sitting through (or you’ll waste your money). With a mini-bootcamp, you aren’t committed for months, and if you realize on the third day that you don’t like it, you’ll only have a few more days to attend, or if you choose to stop attending, you won’t be wasting as much money.

6. Tangible outcomes

With ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp, you’ll finish well-rounded and focused, knowing exactly what you want, or don’t want to do, with actionable skills and contacts to begin implementing right away. If you let it, a mini-bootcamp can help you decide which pathway toward your data science career you want to take: university course, full bootcamp, or internships.

7. Part of ODSC West

As part of ODSC West, the leading conference for applied data science content, you know that the Mini-Bootcamp’s workshops and talks will be led by some of the best and brightest in the field, and that the content will cover the latest topics and trends, in data science, AI, machine learning, and deep learning.

If this sounds like a good way to start on your journey to become a data scientist, consider registering for ODSC’s Mini-Bootcamp (October 28-November 1). Be one of the first attendees to enroll, and get a week of focused learning from experts in data science and AI! Register before Friday to save 30% on your pass.


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