I am currently thinking of making a change in my career.
After graduating with a first class masters degree in Maths, from a Russel Group University, I went in to teaching and completed a teaching training degree. I am now 24, (turning 25 this year) and have decided I don’t want to be in teaching anymore (mainly for poor pay conditions), and wanted to do something instead which mentally challenges me. After shopping around, I’ve decided that a role in data science would suite me well.
My masters thesis involved programming, in MATLAB, and I really enjoyed this aspect of it. I am currently learning different data science techniques for traditional and big data, and am self-teaching machine learning using online courses.
My question is: is someone in my position ever going to get a “Junior Data Scientist” position at a firm? I would consider myself able, and have a very good work ethic and I finished in the top 2% of my cohort at Uni, so I’d consider myself academically able (in math!).
The thing that worries me is -Prior background (being mathematical) - age : is 25 too old?! - already starting a career in teaching (does it look like I’m unsure of myself?)
Any advice on this would be massively appreciated. Thank you for your time.