Every journey needs a map – even if you don’t end up sticking exactly to the route! This is the map I followed over the past couple of years, and (to my amazement!) it has taken me full-time into the field of data science – and the marvellous prospect of being able to continue the journey and explore new cool stuff on a daily basis… with thanks to the generous “real life data scientists” who took time out to discuss the journey with me and give their input – it’s amazing how many kind people one meets on the road :).

If this were an old-fashioned journey I’d need a compass of course – and James Clear’s advice “**Commit to a process, not a** **goal**“** **is definitely it.

### Online courses

Skill |
Course |
Via |

Python | Python A – Z for Data Science ☑ | Udemy |

Probability & Bayes | Using and handling data ☑ | Maths Is Fun |

Statistics | Statistics for Business Analytics ☑ | Udemy |

Pandas | Data analysis with Pandas and Python – dipped in | Udemy |

Machine learning | Data science, Deep Learning & Machine Learning with Python – dipped in | Udemy |

Math skills | Mathematics for machine learning: Linear Algebra ☑ | Coursera |

SQL | Master SQL for Data Science ☑ | Udemy |

Command Line | Linux Command Line Basics ☑ | Udacity |

Google Cloud | From Data to Insights with Google Cloud Platform Specialization ☑ | Coursera |

Deep Learning | Deep Learning Nanodegree ☑ | Udacity |

### Books

Skill |
Course |
Via |

Math skills | Foundation Mathematics for Computer Science– dipped in | Amazon |

Math skills | Calculus made easy – dipped in | Amazon |

Math skills | No bullshit guide to linear algebra – dipped in | Amazon |

Statistics | Naked Statistics ☑ | Amazon |

Scrum | Scrum: The art of doing twice the work in half the time ☑ | Amazon |

Deep learning | Grokking Deep Learning ☑ | Manning |

### Classroom

After doing all of the above I was ready for this! An 8-week un-paid sabbatical that was totally worth it and launched me into my first job in my new chosen career – yay!

Skill |
Course |
Via |

Data Science | Data Science Intensive Full-time 8-week program in Cape Town – highly recommended ☑ | AIMS |