Is data science hard to get into? Why you don’t need a technical background to study data science

Artificial Intelligence. Data science. Machine learning. 

Fancy phrases that sound so futuristic they’re almost unimaginable. It’s no surprise, then, that the thought of entering a field that specializes in such technical words is daunting. Especially when it’s already a challenge for more women to get into tech in the first place. 

We get that data science often feels as though it’s covered by a veil of mystery and exclusivity, as if only an elite group of the most technical thinkers in the world could ever crack the code of this industry (and, moreover, it probably feels like most of those thinkers would be men). 

But we’re here to tell you that this isn’t true. 

If you’ve ever felt like data science must be too hard to break into – particularly because your current background is not technical – then we’d love to explain to you why it’s an attainable goal no matter where you’re coming from or what you’re doing now. 

Instead of asking yourself: Is data science too hard for me? We’d like to challenge you to ask: What can I do today to feed my interest in AI and machine learning? 

We’d love to help you with that!

You: Is data science too hard for me? 

Us: You got this, lady!

Perspective students often ask us whether or not they can enter the data science field without a background in engineering or data. Concerned with their inability to code or use Python, they quickly become overwhelmed by the thought of entering the tech world at all. 

We understand this response. But we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to be a technical person to become any of the three profiles that we train at allWomen (Data Science, UX Design, Product Management). 

First things first, data science is still a new field. Any background that you bring to the table will actually be your advantage because it will add something to the growing world of AI. 

For example, your unique perspective will help inform what kind of information companies mine and where they put their interest. This is especially important because, as of 2019, only 30% of data-related roles were held by women. 

If we want our future technology to include diverse perspectives and backgrounds, then women need to be entering the field today. That way, your work in data science can help build products, machines, and technology that help people in the sectors that interest you.

We can teach you the technical side. But your viewpoint and interest in certain sectors or helping specific people is what you will bring to the world of data science.

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But what if I don’t grasp the technical side? Will it be too challenging for me?

As women, it’s quite natural for us to underestimate our abilities rather than advocate for our own aptness. We want to know for sure that we can achieve something before we set out to do it, and worry that it will be too difficult for us to grasp. 

Many decide not to approach the challenge at all, assuming there’s someone around the corner who can do the job better than we can. 

At allWomen, we understand and experience similar feelings in our own work. Imposter syndrome can quickly arise, making us feel like we don’t have the right to our dreams. 

But we aren’t big fans of that feeling, which is why it’s our goal to abate it as much as possible. For that reason, we built a tech space exclusively for women – where they can feel empowered to take risks and learn something completely new without fear that they’re not good or smart enough. 

Our courses are designed to take you from zero to one hundred, so that you don’t have to worry about whether or not it will be “too difficult.” Instead, you can courageously accept the challenge knowing that you have a whole community of supportive women and allies who want to see you succeed. 

Don’t preoccupy yourself with whether or not it will be too hard for you. We hire the best female tech professionals to ensure that you grasp everything you need to know to successfully enter the world of data science. 

So if data science and artificial intelligence is something that you have always dreamed about studying, then don’t let your preoccupations with studying technology hold you back. 

Instead, check out our classes for women, by women. We have both Full-Time and Part-Time versions of our Data Science courses to ensure that your schedule won’t be what’s holding you back from your dream career. See you in class!


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