PyCon UK 2019

The Fastest Way to Learn Data Science
2019-09-14, 15:00–15:30, Assembly Room

It's not about what you know it's about what you can do


Over the last few years, I have changed career from a data analyst to a data scientist primarily working in Python. Having limited time for study I needed to develop some techniques to enable me to learn in the most efficient way possible. In this talk, I will be sharing the techniques that I used to accelerate, not only my technical python skills but also my own personal growth in confidence, resilience and communication that have helped me to become both a better learner and a better data scientist. I will explain why when developing a career as a data scientist in business, it is not so much about what you know but about what you can do.


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Rebecca is a data scientist at Holiday Extras. Her role has been instrumental in developing some of the first machine learning capabilities for the business and helping to move the business from descriptive reporting to predictive and prescriptive analytics. Previously she has spent over 10 years working in various data analyst roles within the travel industry. In addition, she writes regularly about data science and artificial intelligence on Medium and is passionate about forming links between schools and the tech industry by organising open days at Holiday Extras and delivering talks at local schools.