8 Reasons Why I didn’t Give Up on My Dream to be a Data Scientist & Why Neither Should You | by Khouloud El Alami | Jul, 2023

The First Years Chronicles of a Data Scientist in Tech

A list you can go back to when times get hard

I’ve been working as a Data Scientist at Spotify for 2 years now, and I can say that changing careers from business to data science sits very high on the list of best decisions I’ve ever made.

Data science can be an amazingly rewarding career choice. Getting there is another story.

It takes a lot of work and determination to become a true Data Scientist. To make sure you get there, you will first need to get your why in check before tackling the how.

The journey ahead is long but it’s all worth it! — Image by Author (Midjourney)

If you’ve read my previous post about how I made this career switch, you know that it was far from being an easy one.

The journey became a roller coaster early on, which made me realize I really needed to get my why in check.

Just because I made this career choice didn’t mean I was always brimming with motivation and resolve.

When you have a 60k$ student loan holding you by the throat, failure takes a whole new dimension. It becomes friends with your most deep-seated fears. Failure is not an option. Making it is the only option.

Then one day…

On March 2020, I got up feeling at my lowest because I was about to fail a 6000$ course at NYU, and I had no idea how I was going to get myself out of this hole. Anxiety started beating me up full-on with a lash.

I could either get up and stand up for myself, or give up. I chose the first option.

Then I made a list. This exact one to be specific ⬇

I’ve kept this note exactly as I wrote it in 2020

I don’t want to spoil you too much either 😌. If you want to know what’s inside the list, then you have no other choice than to keep on reading (muahaha 😈)

For the first time, this was…

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