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. Aviv was a Fellow in our Fall 2016 cohort who landed a job with our hiring partner, Argyle Data.
Tell us about your background. How did it set you up to be a great Data Scientist?
My background is in Geosciences. I was a climate modeler so I had a substantial amount of experience with scientific computing (numerical linear algebra, differential equations, data assimilation, etc).
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
Two things. First, I got my first exposure to data science in a non-academic setting: what sort of problems data scientists might be tasked with solving within a company, and the tools they use to do so.
Second, and more importantly, I got to know a fantastic group of people and make valuable connections. I got the interview for my current position based on a recommendation from a friend from my cohort who had been hired prior to me (we now work together, which is great!). Recently, I got another email from a friend indicating that he would be happy to refer me to his company if I wished. I don’t know if I just happened to have been part of a particularly great cohort, but I really did have a blast going through the incubator with them, and I look forward to keeping in touch with all of them for years to come.