The Top 3 Skills That Aspiring Data Scientists are Missing - Part 1: The Engineering Mindset

Part 1 - The Engineering Mindset

A lot of aspiring data scientists come from non-engineering backgrounds -- this can present some challenges when breaking into the field of data science.

Don't get me wrong, it is great to bring a unique background and perspective to the world of data science, but it's not enough.

Engineering is critical part of being a data scientist.

Developing the right mindset will not only help you break into the field, but it will also make you far more effective when you get there.

Learning the engineering mindset will help you see the big picture, systematically solve underlying problems, and stay focused on results.

Here are my top tips for cultivating the engineering mindset for data scientists:


Build systems to solve problems

It's not about hacking together a one-off solution. It's about building systems to solve problems. Systems that are testable, robust, efficient, scalable, and portable. Systems that you can resuse. Systems that can accomodate...

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1 Simple Tactic for Getting Recruiters to Interview You

Getting the attention of recruiters can be tough. Sometimes it seems like every resume you send out goes into a black hole of nothingness and despair, never to be seen by a human again. Or worse yet, you see the dreaded email auto-response telling you that "after careful consideration, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected for this position." Sure, very regretful...

After hours of customizing your resume, you got rejected before you even had a chance to have a 5 minute conversation with a real human. This can be frustrating and you deserve better.

If you feel this way, it's not your fault. It's difficult to get noticed and recruiters are overwhelmed by huge stacks of resumes and countless applications. I know, as a hiring manager I often read through dozens, or even hundreds, of resumes at a time to find candidates that are a fit.

Most resumes only get a 6 second glance before being tossed aside. This is usually enough to determine if a candidate is unqualified,...

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15 Unconventional Book Recommendations for Data Scientists

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As data scientists, we often find ourselves building models that predict human behavior.

This usually means spending a lot of time on the machine side of the equation... but shouldn't we be spending an equal amount of time on the human side?

To predict human behavior, you first have to understand human behavior.

Unfortunately, this isn't an easy task. (hint: less than 10% of it is rational)

If you'd like some insights into human thinking, decision making, and behavior that are also entertaining and practical, check out the 15 books below.

As a side benefit, you may change your life in the process. Enjoy.

  1. The Power of Habit
  2. Influence
  3. Evolutionary Psychology
  4. Hooked
  5. Pre-Suasion
  6. Never Split the Difference
  7. The Art of War
  8. A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers
  9. Poor Charlie's Almanac
  10. Mind in Society
  11. Contagious
  12. Thinking, Fast and Slow
  13. Unlimited Memory
  14. The Selfish Gene
  15. Riveted


p.s. I don't get anything if you buy books from the links above, I just think you'll get a lot...

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