I am currently working as a financial auditor, and looking into changing career to data science (or data analyst). I have a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration and a master's degree in Business Administration and Auditing.
I have taken some Python courses on Udemy (Jose Portilla) and Edx (MIT 6.00.1x), as well as some SQL courses. I would say im very comfortable in SQL, and decent at python. I am also very comfortable with math and statistics.
How do I showcase my skills in data science? I was thinking maybe making a personal website portfolio, and then have a section for python, a section for data science etc. In each section, let's take data science section as an example, I'll have a video of me analysing some random dataset from kaggle, cleaning it, and train test splitting it. In the python section I'll have some links to some github projects made in python (Hangman, a calculator, a to-do list etc).
Further more, I was thinking of taking these 3 specializations on coursera to supplement my lack of Data Science degree to put on my CV:
IBM Data Science Professional Certificate
Deep Learning Specialization
Data Visualization with Tableau Specialization
I know coursera specilizations dont weigh as much as a real course taken in a university, but I am spending around 3 hours on these courses and projects in weekdays, and 6-8 in the weekend, but clueless how I show my dedication in learning this to a hiring firm.
I am following this roadmap: Data Science Roadmap on GitHub, and I am familiar with all the terms used here.
Would like some feedback on this plan, or if it's unrealistic changing career. My goal is to change career in approx 1.5 years time.
I can also add, that I've been thinking about enrolling in a Computer Science degree. I wont attend lectures, only exams (will still keep my full-time job as an auditor).
And yes, I am willing to throw away a personal life for a year or two. :)