When i was 15, i wanted to major in biology (since in my education system, post 10th grade, you either pick Math or Biology) – but since my father was paying my fees, and i was just another dazed teenager, i didn’t fight it much but whined a lot. He later got me admitted into an engineering degree in electronics.
I then struggled to finish up my engineering while retaking many (up to 8) subjects after failing them, and finishing off with 57% aggregate score. I consider myself a fairly intellectually curious guy. I used to tinker with the computer lab PCs, installing linux, setting up servers, and trying a whole load of stuff, but never seriously doing anything in-depth.
That lack of focus carried on, but i was fairly streets smart and hungry at 21. Got hired at a reputable silicon valley based startup that is a top IT company today. Worked there for 3 years, and went on to join another reputable company. I had a total of 5 years of work-experience, in mostly marketing, advertising, and operations related roles.
I got really jaded at about 27, and decided to quit everything and try and figure out what i really wanted, since i didn’t enjoy my work in the second company. That turned out to be a bad choice. I still enjoyed problem solving with computers, so I thought that i should take up computer programming to learn data analysis in-depth. This was because, in the IT company, i used to use Tableau and excel a lot but didn’t have the skills to become a full-time Business analyst.
Three years passed due to a load of issues (mostly self-inflicted) poor lifestyle choices, bad health, depression, and loss of relationships.
Am i beyond the pale? Over the past 8 months, i’ve finished up 3-4 Coursera courses in Excel, Tableau, data analysis, Python. I am keen on investing in deepening these skills, and coming to the US. I just don’t want to be unfocused, or ruin whatever little value i may have to offer to companies yet.
I am preparing for the GRE, and wish to apply to a decent college in Data science/Machine learning based degrees. I am fairly motivated to try atleast. Should I?
I have a few i like, but i don’t know if i will get thru. I have good well-wishers from past companies who would gladly write an accurate glowing recommendation or a character reference.
Thanks for reading, and any advice would be appreciated.