Don't be shy: don't be afraid to reach out to these analysts, scientists, and engineers to ask for help. Remember to introduce yourself and explain what you'd like guidance on. They can help with tutoring, pointing you to resources, resume/interview tips, general career advice, or even just a casual conversation about what it's like to work in the industry, government, academia, or the non-profit sector.
Use common sense: I have not personally vetted anyone, and can't vouch for their behavior. If you believe someone is acting in bad faith (or not within the Code of Conduct below), please let me know.
If you're just getting started, here's a great post from Mikhail Popov with advice on how to break past the vicious cycle of "needing experience to get experience." And if you're looking for resources to learn more about "how to data,"you can find many alternatives in this excellent thread by Chris Engelhardt.
Without further ado, here are some awesome data professionals who are able to answer questions, promote, or mentor newcomers into the field (in chronological order of response):
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