At The Data Incubator we run a free eight-week data science fellowship to help our Fellows land industry jobs. We love Fellows with diverse academic backgrounds that go beyond what companies traditionally think of when hiring data scientists. Tim was a Fellow in our Spring 2017 cohort who landed a job with one of our hiring partners, First Republic Bank.
My education includes a B.S. in Physics from Drake University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. After grad school, I went overseas for a Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham. Astronomers do a lot of coding relative to other fields, and having been coding in Python since 2006 for work, I was very familiar with the Python SciPy stack. Since 2014, I have also been volunteering time to data science and software engineering projects for a people analytics startup. This was extremely useful because it provided references in industry who could vouch for my data science skills.
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
I got several useful things out of The Data Incubator: Strategies for resume writing, experience building and deploying a live web application, and a comprehensive set of IPython notebooks that encapsulate the advanced features of scikit-learn, SQL, and big data tools (Hadoop, Spark).