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. Andrew was a Fellow in our summer cohort who landed a job with one of our hiring partners, Freddie Mac, after finishing his PhD at Yale.
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?
Another major benefit that I got from The Data Incubator was access to potential employers. By being able to reach out directly to hiring managers at partner companies, I was able to bypass the painful process of submitting my resume to a giant stack and hoping that it will be noticed. Through these connections, I was able to set up interviews with some awesome companies that would have likely not paid me any attention otherwise.
Finally, I got to meet and work alongside the other Fellows. These were all incredibly talented individuals who had great insights into solving many challenging data science problems. I must have I learned at least as much from them as from the official coursework.
What advice would you give to someone who is applying for The Data Incubator, particularly someone with your background?
I would also suggest you start brushing up on your basic probability and programming skills. These will be crucial not only for the Data Incubator application, but for any data science interviews that you land. I have found that practice is key here. [Editor’s Note: For more information about how to prepare for The Data Incubator, check out this post.]
Lastly, start thinking about which industries you would like to work in. This may help not only with finding a project, but also with focusing your job search.
What is your favorite thing you learned at The Data Incubator?
Could you tell us about your Data Incubator mini projects?
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