A few years ago – I was standing right where you are today. I get it. Thinking about getting that Data Science job seems daunting – but if I can do it. So can you.
HOW I SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITIONED & BROKE INTO THE DATA SCIENCE FIELD - AND HOW YOU CAN TOO.
PREVIOUS JOB DESCRIPTION
My first job out of school was working as sort-of a general engineer doing software engineering and systems engineering. Only occasionally did I do anything with real data. And that was fine by me. But eventually I grew bored and wanted to do something new. So, I quit my job, wasted a few years trying to start my own company, and then decided to try to enter this hot new field that was really taking off: data science!
TOLD I WAS UNEMPLOYABLE
There was one big problem. Two, actually. First, I didn’t have much experience with data. Nothing that would impress a company looking for a data scientist. Second, I had taken a couple of years off from the tech sector and was now trying to make a mid-career shift. The real blow came when I had a phone call with a recruiter, Annemarie, who specialized in placing analytic professionals. When I asked her if she would introduce me to companies, she told me I had no chance! I was “unemployable”!
PUT IN THE WORK
It stung, but she was right. Looking back, that phone call was the best thing that could have happened to me. I started learning as much about data science as I could through online courses. But more importantly, I learned how to conduct a real job search. I had to learn how to write a good resume. I had to learn how to use LinkedIn effectively. And I had to learn how to interview well.
INTERVIEWED, INTERVIEWED, INTERVIEWED
I’m not going to lie: I had a very hard time at first. First, there was the fact that my data science skills were at a basic-to-intermediate level. But that was fairly easy to learn; I just put in the time. Harder was learning job search skills. It took a lot of trial and error, learning from my mistakes, but I finally put all the pieces together. Now, I know exactly how to interview as I am now the interviewer.
GOT A JOB
And it finally paid off! In fact, I got hired based on a single interview and my resume! Before I knew it, I was the one interviewing candidates! I discovered first-hand what companies were looking for and I also saw how many mistakes hopeful data scientists were making. Now, I help other beginning data scientists do what I did: break into the field. You won’t have to go through the painful trial-and-error that I did. Follow me on this site and I’ll tell you the secrets you need to know!