I am very grateful to choose statistics as my next journey at the first place, in 2012. I never prognosticate before that there are very huge opportunities out there in the field of data. The buzz word like data science or big data is a primordial phase of data revolution nowadays.
Do not get too sophisticated as a neophyte. Look and make sense of the data. Explore it. Visualize it. No need to build complex deep learning model directly. It is like what currently I do intensively in 2017 by exploring and analyzing data generated from my life, as my side personal project and also as a place for me to improve my data skills.
I do not want to explicate myself as a data scientist because I think a data scientist is the one who is more focused in building a model. And honestly, I love the phase of data exploration and data visualization rather than data modeling part. I call myself as a data connoisseur or maybe you can call me a data guy, the one who deal with data.
As a data guy, I have some little dreams in the field of data, such as: