What drives and motivates a Data Scientist? How did they start their careers? Do they have valuable advice for their peers, newbies to the job, or even established colleagues out of their experience? The following series dives into the world of data scientists and their technologies, featuring bright minds from various countries.
In this one, we hear from Jean de Villiers SAS career Data Scientist, Statistician, and Head of Analytics for SAS Ireland. Read on as Jean dives into the job profile of a Data Scientist and learn why collaboration and communication are just as important as the data and modeling involved.
In 2013, I was selling SAS software for a living while working for a SAS partner. At times I was struggling to communicate the value of the SAS software offerings and decided to improve my technical depth by completing a SAS certification. It was during this time, while doing the prescribed SAS training material for the SAS Statistical Business Analyst certification, that I started to grasp the endless possibilities associated with predicting future events and optimizing decisions that goes with them. This was when my passion for Data Science started. This brought me a sense of adventure, similar to how a child feels when they step foot in a theme park. This feeling of adventure combined with a hunger for more knowledge were the catalysts in my Data Science transformation. It wasn’t long afterward I completed the SAS SBA certification that I applied for a M.Sc. in Business Mathematics and Informatics at North-West University, South Africa and completed the degree the following year.
Being curious about the world and how things work.
I believe that in order to be an well-rounded Data Scientist you need to have a diverse range of skills and some solid working experience. The majority of my technical skills are build up around SAS and python as my preferred programming languages. I will provide you with a short breakdown of methods used to build up skills in each.
The most important part of a Data Science project is the following:
Here are some trends and my thoughts on them:
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