With the current onslaught of online data science courses and resources, it feels like there’s never been a better moment to study this valuable and rapidly growing tech discipline from the comfort of your own home. But with something as important as your future career, it’s understandable if you’d like to take the time to better understand the available options before diving in.
As an academy for women in tech, our number one mission is to get more women into tech disciplines, which is why we’d love to help you in your search for the best data science courses.
The first big question that many women ask themselves: can I learn data science on my own for free?
We’d like to explore this idea together, understanding your options for finding the introduction to data science that fit your needs.
The best online data science courses if you’re on a budget
If you’ve done a search for free data science resources, you may feel like you can teach yourself data science without paying a dime. But what does self-study really entail and can you successfully become a data scientist without taking a formal course?
This is a completely fair question and we really do understand women’s qualms with investing in a coding bootcamp when the possibility to learn for free exists. Which is why we want to explore your money-saving options with you!
Here are some free online resources that you can consult in lieu of a paid online data science course:
Free Online Books: Get important info by consulting PDFs of top sources like Python for Data Analysis, How to think like a computer (interactive book), Introduction to Statistical Learning, and Dive Into Deep Learning to kickstart your learning.
Cool Resources & Databases: There are a lot of cool and free online Data Science and Machine Learning resources like interactive tutorials from LearnPython, Web Scraping Libraries to browse, and Penn State’s free intro to probability theory database.
Podcasts: Free information has never been more available thanks to podcasts! And this is a great way to get information about data analysis and machine learning from experts. We recommend Data Skeptic and Linear Digressions (LD is no longer creating new content but their episodes are still available and are great for making data science accessible to beginners).
YouTube Videos: Never forget the bounty of information that you can find for free on YouTube that will help you prime yourself for a data science specialization. Like this Machine Learning Roadmap or this Deep Learning playlist from Krish Naik.
Events: You don’t need to pay to get access to cool events for women in tech. For example, we organize data science events and masterclasses throughout the month that give you practical information on how to use tools like Python and NLP to analyze data from Netflix, AirBnb, Spotify, and other top tech companies. Check them out!
But the real question is, with just this knowledge alone, can you really set yourself up well for working in Data Science and artificial intelligence?
We believe there’s a lot more that goes into understanding and applying Data Science principles, especially when you want to turn it into a future career. And we also understand the particular struggles that women encounter when looking for an online course that will support their specific journey entering the world of Data Science.
So let’s look at the options together!
Some of the best data science courses for women to get a comprehensive data education
If you’re interested in entering the world of Data Science through a machine learning course that takes into account your specific needs as a woman in tech, we’ve got the perfect options for you.
Our immersive course is one of the best online data science courses available for women who want to dive fully into the study of Data Science over the course of 10 weeks.
It’s an opportunity to learn python, data analysis, machine learning, and NLP, building a portfolio that best matches your ambitions and needs.
While paid courses are an investment, this kind of tracked study means that you can leave the course fully ready to enter the industry of data science, particularly thanks to the Career Development that’s built directly into the curriculum.
What’s more, you’ll be surrounded by a community of women who want to see other women succeeding in tech disciplines. This kind of support, encouragement, and shared respect is valuable when starting a new career in a rapidly growing industry.
If you don’t have the time to dedicate a full 10 weeks to your studies, we have another great option in our Data Science Part Time course.
This course gives you the same benefits as the full time course with more time to digest the content. Plus, you don’t have to choose between your studies and other life responsibilities.
Studying Data Science part time means balancing your work and life schedule with your studies over the course of 24 weeks. So there’s no need to stop making money or hire a nanny to transition into a career in Data Science!
Finally, maybe you’re interested in using data in interesting ways but want to apply it to your current career. We also have a course for that!
If you’d like to become a data analyst or learn how to apply these skills to your current career, this is exactly the course that you should look into.
In this course, you will address the fundamentals of data analysis alongside the key steps in transforming data into answers. It will give you a foundation and knowledge of how to manage data and effectively get the most out of it.
This includes training in programming, data mining, data analysis, and the powerful visualization of data to create a human-centric data solution.
This is a great course for learning skills that can be brought into another industry that can benefit from powerful data, enhancing your strategies and actions.
What’s the best option for you?
Now that we’ve shared your options for studying Data Science with us, what do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts or even schedule a call to learn more about your future goals and how we can help you achieve them.
Feel free to reach out to us to discuss more. Or, if you’re still on the fence, try out our women in tech quiz to see where you land within the world of tech!