I have two contract offers: One is about Data Management/Quality project for 6 months, the pay is 5000£ per month, the other is product data scientist for an early stage startup based in San Francisco for 4 months, the pay is a lot lot less (less than 1000£ per month). Tbh, I am not a big fan of data management, and I totally see myself doing product analytics which is becoming a hot skill in DS field. Is it stupid to turn down the first offer and accept the second one? I would love some advice

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You cannot live on that wage in SF.

@SD1: I'm talking about living on £1k/mo. As a student, I spent about £1000/mo with no taxes, cheap accommodation with bills included and student discounts. £5k/mo PRE-tax is top 5% income here.

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Did you mean to say the DS job pays £1k less than the other job? Because £1k total is below even minimum wage in either country...

Assuming it's just some reasonable amount less and not below minimum wage, do you know what the daily of each job would entail? Data quality work can range from manual data verification (which will make you go insane) to actually doing some very interesting data science and engineering. At the same time, "data scientist" can sometimes turn out to just be SQL pipelines.

Keep applying. Entry level analytics work isn't so rare that you should be settling for cashier pay.

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