Hello Kunal or any active user. I need some help deciding and will appreciate if you guys can give me some opinions.
I have just completed my BE in Mechanical Engineering and I am interested in becoming a Data Scientist. I read a few articles like http://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2014/12/top-analytics-programs-india-2014-2015/ and http://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2014/12/top-certifications-learning-sas-r-python-machine-learning-big-data/ I couldn’t find any full time post graduate masters programs whose deadline isn’t gone (which I couldn’t meet as I was unaware of this stream and also I was preparing for my 8th sem exams).
So I checked online for my possible options and came across some private certification courses from Jigsaw, Edupristine, etc. I enquired at Edupristine and they explained me the details and told me about a 6 month weekend course which will cover Business Analytics, Data Visualisation, BigData and Hadoop, basics of Java and statistics (only as much as I will need) and practical case studies. All this for Rs 75k. I was very happy with it and was about to finalise when I came across your site. Reading through a few articles, I found your comment from 2014 about Edupristine which said that there have been mixed reviews from students and the time is too short.
I read one more article about certification courses for each program and found Jigsaw reappearing in most of those. So I checked for Jigsaw and liked it but it is unavailable in Mumbai. So now I am again confused as to what I should do. I want to avoid wasting my year and so I would like your opinion about the same.
As an interviewer, what are the key differences between a full time masters course vs certification course and does the interviewer show any preferences?
Also is there something like a full package for Data Scientist available from start to end in Mumbai (something like Edupristine is offering)?