I am going to tell you a story about one of my journeys. In the winter of 2019, my family went on a vacation to Denver, Colorado. From there, we drove to a popular ski resort up in the mountains. During that trip, I took these two photos:
The first photo shows the drive to the resort. The road was very difficult to drive on. There were piles of snow everywhere. You have to be an experienced driver to drive on that road. You would need a car with 4-wheel drive to ride it safely. But there would be enough help available if you got into any trouble. The second photo shows the view from the top of the mountain at the final destination. Once you got there, it was worth the trouble. The area was wide open for you to play and enjoy!
When I think about my journey into the data science, I feel the same way. I am not a data scientist — I am a software engineer. Being a software engineer should not hold you up from learning and applying data science techniques in your work. It should be beneficial to your work. For the drive to the ski resort I described, an experienced driver would get there safely. Like the 4-wheel drive car, you need proper tools to get it done. And be mindful to ask for help when you need it, as plenty is available. Once you get there, it can be beneficial in many ways to your work.
If you are new to data science, you might be wondering where to start. It is normal to be confused at the beginning. I was in my early days.