Career Transition Towards Data Science: Planning a Learning Sabbatical

At the time of writing this post, I am nine months into my learning sabbatical. You can read about my journey here: “Career Transition Towards Data Analytics & Science”. Today I will share with you how you can plan your own, unique learning sabbatical, regardless of its scope and duration – anywhere between 1 and 12 months. Let’s get started.

Begin with the end in mind

If you have ever read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” you are familiar with the concept of picturing the end result before you even get started. I cloned that insight with another great piece of advice I found in another book: “Change Your Questions, Change Your Life” by Marilee Adams.

Apply question thinking

Question thinking is a very simple concept: ask more questions than you give answers. Talk less, listen more. Acquire an investigative mindset. Only accept answers that are beyond the boundaries of what is already known to you. That way, you will be forced to connect with and talk to people you have never spoke to before, and thus get new insights.

I found the combination of “beginning with the end in mind” and “question thinking”

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