At The Data Incubator we run a free eight-week Data Science Fellowship Program 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. David was a Fellow in our winter cohort who landed a job with one of our hiring partners, Sotera.
Tell us about your background. How did it set you up to be a great Data Scientist?
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
What advice would you give to someone who is applying for The Data Incubator, particularly someone with a Chemistry background?
Chemists have the necessary math background. We also have the necessary computational background. If you have ever programmed a simulation with more than one computer core you already know some parallel computing. If anything you might know too much; the message passing idioms used in computational chemistry are a lot more complicated than MapReduce. Just brush up on analyzing algorithms and big-O notation – chemists have the tendency to abuse the notation a bit.
So my advice to a chemist applying to The Data Incubator would be: don’t worry, you have the necessary background. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to brush up on your probability theory or algorithms 101, but you already know the basics. [Editor’s Note: For more information about how to prepare for The Data Incubator, check out this post.]
Could you tell us about your mini projects you worked on?
It’s also important to note that the mini-projects are not trivial and I learned a great deal by discussing them with the other Fellows. The Fellows came from diverse backgrounds and having people with so many different ways of looking at a problem working together always produced interesting results.
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