Has anyone ever had a mentor in their life? If you are one of the lucky few who had - you know how helpful it is to know a person who’s gone through the things you’re going through, and can advise and help and point in the right direction…
I’ve been fortunate to have a few mentors in my professional life, with primary focus on corporate world in general.
However, I work for a company with data initiatives being years behind, and I literally have no one to learn from. I just kind of figure stuff out by myself, which takes time and is very inefficient, but there is no one else to ask.
Don’t get me wrong - there are many brilliant business people, finance people, accountants, managers, computer scientists… But there are no data scientists.
It’s sometimes sad to a point of willing to quit. If you’re the smartest person in the room - you’re in the wrong room (don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not the sharpest pencil in the box, but when it comes to data and R - I’ve got no one to learn from)
And I am just an example. Not to make me just about myself, I was wondering: what do you think about an idea of mentorship in data science. A setup where a youngblood data scientist could engage one-on-one with a seasoned professional, ask questions, get guidance and advice?
Also, if you happen to be that experienced professional, does the idea of paying forward to the new generation interest you?
I have no idea if something like this exist, and if not - how exactly to implement it. Just voicing this idea. Or maybe just screaming into the void.