How to change careers and become a data scientist - one quant's experience

This post is packed with tons of great advice. My favorite: "Do whatever you can to move to the Bay Area!" People outside the bay area often don't want to admit it, but this advice is spot-on.

My first year in San Francisco was a period of intense learning for me: I attended tons of meetups, completed several online courses, participated in numerous workshops and conferences, learned a lot by working at a data-focused start-up, and most importantly met scores of people who I was able to ask questions of. I completely under-estimated how amazing it is to be able to interact regularly with the people who are building the tools and technology that excite me most.

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