Getting Started with Data Science by Hilary Mason.
From the post:
I get quite a few e-mail messages from very smart people who are looking to get started in data science. Here’s what I usually tell them:
The best way to get started in data science is to DO data science!
First, data scientists do three fundamentally different things: math, code (and engineer systems), and communicate. Figure out which one of these you’re weakest at, and do a project that enhances your capabilities. Then figure out which one of these you’re best at, and pick a project which shows off your abilities.
Everyone keeps talking about the shortage of data scientists but not doing anything about it.
Well, everyone but Hilary.
Hilary has specific advice that if followed, would go a long way to producing more data scientists.
You may not need it. If so, pass it along to someone who does.