What makes the most sense if you are trying to become a data scientist? Working at Accenture as a digital analyst or going to a startup and take an offer an junior data scientist? Can’t decide!

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Working in Accenture will give you better exposure of already established Data Science setup. Working in an startup will solely depend on your own motivation, research and capability to develop yourself. Unless you have an attitude of a PhD scholar, I would suggest you go with the big firm and learn with their well established data science practice rather than reinventing the wheel.

PS: an ex-Accenture here, so I might be biased.

Thanks for the comments. Fortunately I have experience working in both places and I feel like Accenture is the place that will depend more on your own motivation since there’s no one there to coach you and give guidance when necessary. As for the startup, people are more willing to teach what they know to junior people because they need everyone to run on their own. Perhaps that’s just my feeling as a junior person as the firm.

The latter. If you want to do real data work, then consulting early in your career would not be recommended. You’d rarely work with the low language but rather platforms in partnership with the firm. More strategy work than actual modeling. Even if you’re able to land on a client with work more useful to a young data scientist, the prospect of project hopping can impede your opportunity to use your data insights to influence long term strategy. Go startup or to a big entity that moves like a startup like capital one

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