When to Start Applying for Data Scientist Role

Good morning,

I hope that you are doing well.

I would like to ask for advice and request some information.

I am a software engineer graduated in 2019 and I worked for a whole year in embedded software development and I realized that I would like to change my career field.

I took a step back and I did an M2 of research and I am trying to improve my skills in Python and Data science. I've got accepted in this training program of Data Insight and I was accepted for a one month internship as a data science and business analytics inter at the spark foundation.

I would like to know if is it possible with hard work to get a job as an entry level data scientist in a country in Europe within the next 4 months or I have to work in another field to gain experience?

I would like to take the advice of someone who knows the field and has experience in it.

How do I proceed in my case.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to consider my information request. And I am sorry for disturbing.


I think you made a good decision to change your career. I hope it works out well for you.

Congratulations on the training and internship opportunities that you've gotten in the field of data science. This is a good way to start a new career path.

I will tell you the truth. I don't really know the opportunities that are in Europe. I reside in Canada, which is in North America. But I can guess from my experience in Canada that the opportunities are endless.

Data science is an emerging field. There are many business and economic analyses that show that a shortage of adequate Data Scientists will continue to exist throughout this decade. So you're entring the field at a very good time.

If you are just starting to learn data science, 4 months is not enough to have a good training.

I will not disuade you from shooting for an entry level Data Scientist role after 4 months of learning but also shoot for other roles that require less skillset, e.g. Data Analyst and Business Analyst.

How do you proceed? Focus on your training. I mean adequate training. Nothing less than a year. Make sure you know what you're doing first, and your opportunities will be endless.

Do not hesitate to ask me if you have any further questions.