Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of data being produced — and collected — on a daily basis was growing at an accelerated rate. This led to an increase in demand for data scientists all around the world. With the increase in demand came the need for specialized course offerings that could teach the right skills to fill all these new positions.
So, what’s the best way to master the basics of data science and maximize your learning potential? From high-quality content that gets you job-ready in less than a year to a vibrant community that is always willing to help, Dataquest has all you need to get you started in data science.
Start with the Paths
Here’s how Dataquest works: we’ve divided our learning material into what we call “paths.” We’ve designed each path to either prepare you for a specific career in data science (like our Data Analyst in Python Career Path), or to help you develop a particular skill (like our Machine Learning Introduction Skill Path).
Our paths break down into sections, which in turn, break down into separate courses. Every course includes a number of lessons, and finally, every lesson is a collection of individual screens.
Here’s a visual representation:
One of the benefits of working with Dataquest is that you can take on as much or as little as you want, at your own pace. You can embark on an entire path or you can take a single course — it’s totally up to you. We’ve worked hard to make learning data science skills fast, easy, and effective.
At Dataquest, our teaching philosophy focuses on combining the best of self-directed learning and structured learning. Our founder designed Dataquest this way precisely because he believed you didn't have to choose one or the other.
Our courses offer the structure to keep you accountable and motivated, the support to help you overcome obstacles, and the practical guidance to help you learn quickly. You're free to learn at your own pace and take on as many lessons as you like. Whether you want to walk, run, or sprint through our learning paths, we’ll help you achieve your goals.
If you want to learn with Dataquest, you can register today to get started. We have many free and valuable resources, but if you are really serious about advancing your career in data science, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a premium subscription. You'll get unlimited access to everything we have to offer to get you job-ready in under a year. It's fast, it’s easy, and your account never expires.
As you learn with Dataquest, you’ll spend a lot of time in your dashboard. It’s where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of your learning path and manage your learning experience. We’ve written an entire article dedicated to helping you make the most of the tools at your disposal, including helpful keyboard shortcuts, dashboard customization, and other tips and tricks that will save you time and energy!
Set Consistent and Achievable Learning Goals
The greatest obstacle to developing new skills is failing to persevere. If you're going to complete a course or an entire skill path with Dataquest, you have to set consistent and achievable learning goals. Some of the biggest reasons people never reach a goal are failure to plan adequately and lack of consistency. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither can you become a data scientist in a day. You'll have to be patient with yourself and learn at a sustainable pace.
With Dataquest, you can determine that pace yourself. Whether you spend two hours a week or two hours a day studying, persistence is what’s important. It doesn’t matter if you take baby steps as long as you’re moving forward. We’ve noticed it’s easy to let excitement get the best of you at the beginning and bite off more than you can chew. If that happens, no worries! Simply readjust your study plan, and keep going.
Learn, Grow, Practice, Build
Learn. Grow. Practice. Build. These simple steps are a recipe for getting hired in a data science role! As you progress on your learning path, you’ll reap the benefits of our hands-on and interactive teaching method. You'll learn new concepts and techniques by solving real problems, using real code. You will work with real-world data to develop relevant and in-demand data science skills.
But merely acquiring this knowledge isn't enough. You also have to retain it and refine it. That's why Dataquest offers practice problems and guided projects that will combine everything that you've learned. We’re strong believers in learning by doing. You’ll see the practical outcome of your lessons immediately with Dataquest.
Another benefit of this teaching method is that you will build a strong data science portfolio to showcase your skill and proficiency in the field. A powerful portfolio is one of the first and most important things you need if you want to get a call from a hiring manager. At the end of nearly all of our courses, you'll complete a data science project that you can add to your portfolio. This will give you talking points for your next job interview.
Learn, grow, practice, build. That's how you go from absolute beginner to job-ready.
Join the Community
Another critical component of the Dataquest learning method is that you’ll never learn alone. We know that one of the quickest ways to flatten the data science learning curve is to network with fellow data science learners and professionals. Even better, seek advice from others. The data science community offers an incredible opportunity to learn from others’ experiences—take advantage!
Here at Dataquest, we’re happy to provide a thriving and supportive community of data learners and professionals to help you learn. Our active forums offer several ways to gain support. You can network with other data students, share knowledge and experience, and ask questions if you get stuck.
You should also consider being active on GitHub and Kaggle, which are both invaluable resources for aspiring data science professionals. While you’re at it, try out the Dataquest 30-Day Challenge, and commit to learning something every day.
The learning path isn't always easy, and there may be times when you struggle with motivation. In those moments, Dataquest can help get you back on track. By joining a group of like-minded data professionals, you'll find the combined experience, support, and motivation you need to accomplish your objectives.
Congratulations! You now have everything you need to get started on the path to successful learning with Dataquest. Ready to join the learners using our platform for career development? There's no better way than learning with Dataquest!
Begin your learning path today by signing up for free. Then, when you find out what makes Dataquest so great, upgrade to Premium, and streamline your learning process. It will let you do more, faster.
We look forward to helping you meet your goals. Join us today!