So, this is a very broad question. I wasn’t sure if this is the kind of thing you wanted to be asked here, so other people could see it.
I’m interested in pursuing an education in computer science, more specifically data science, and eventually turning that into a career.
I currently work 40+ hours a week for an NGO. They’re fine with me going back to school, and have told me that they definitely see the benefit (for both of us) for me pursuing an education.
The problem I’m facing is that I am pretty much registering as a non-degree seeking student, and I have to wait until the last open registration date to sign up for classes. By this point, most of the spots are filled and the university will not do any overrides or make any exceptions. I understand this - degree-seeking students are obviously going to be the top priority.
So, I’m trying to knock out the prerequisite courses needed to apply to the Data Science Masters Program I’m eyeing. I was curious what you (you as in you all, and Zed) recommend? Another thing I wanted to ask is, is going to school a must to pursue a career in data science or programming in general? Is this preferable to an online program, and what are your thoughts on those? I’m fine with self-teaching - I just want to know I’m not taking all these steps in vain.