Advice for Aspiring Data Scientists: Beyond Programming and Statistics

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As an aspiring data scientist, you may be wondering what it takes to stand out in a competitive job market. While technical skills such as programming and statistics are fundamental, they are not the only factors that employers consider during the hiring process. There is a range of complementary skills that make your fundamental skills stand out. Here are some insights into approaching your first job, which can guide you along your data science career path.

Taking Ownership and Demonstrating Trustworthiness

The key thing that employers look for during an interview, besides obvious competencies, is someone they can trust to take ownership of a task. If an employer hires someone who needs constant supervision, it defeats the purpose of hiring them. Therefore, you should emphasize your strong sense of responsibility, initiative, and ability to produce reliable and valid work.

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