Around once a month, I get emailed by a student of some type asking how to get into Data Science, I’ve answered it enough that I decided to write it out here so I can link people to it. So if you’re one of those students, welcome!

I’ll segment this into basic advice, which can be found quite easily if you just google ‘how to get into data science’ and advice that is less common, but advice that I’ve found very useful over the years. I’ll start with the latter, and move on to basic advice. Obviously take this with a grain of salt as all advice comes with a bit of survivorship bias.

**Less Basic Advice:**

**1. Find a solid community**

**2. Apply Data Science to Things you Enjoy**

**3. Minimize the ‘Clicks to Proof of Competence’**

**4. Learn Through Research or Entry Level Jobs**

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