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. Sumanth was a Fellow in our Winter 2016 cohort who landed a job with one of our hiring partners, Revon.
Tell us about your background. How did it set you up to be a great Data Scientist?
On the question of what makes a strong data scientist, I think that the better practitioners in the field tend to be hypothesis driven, strong critical thinkers with hard skills in statistics, programming, mathematics, and hardware. Hence, my background in engineering and mathematics, my consulting experience, and my years of teaching probably contributed the most to my success.
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
2. I joined a large community of practicing and aspiring data scientists (the fellows admitted into this program were really accomplished and came from all educational backgrounds)
3. I was approached and interviewed by numerous companies of all sizes.
4. I received professional advice from hiring managers, computer scientists, and strong mathematical talent.