At The Data Incubator we run a free eight-week data science fellowship 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. Sudhir was a Fellow in our Fall 2016 cohort who landed a job with one of our hiring partners, Red Owl.
I am a PhD in computational astrophysics from Princeton University with a background in electrical engineering. Astrophysics gave me both a reasonably strong problem solving background as well as the ability to deal with quite terrible data.
What do you think you got out of The Data Incubator?
The Data Incubator was really useful in a few ways. Firstly, I got a broad brush overview of the tools and technologies most commonly used in Industry. Obviously in 8 weeks, you’re not going to learn all of the tools and concepts in depth, but the Incubator was good at giving a frame of reference for asking deeper questions. More importantly, it was really good at setting up a network and providing a framework for reaching out to employers. It’s a huge advantage to meet employers face to face before reaching out to them, and to have something to show to them and talk about.