Getting Closer To Landing A Decent Job In Data Science

Getting Closer To Landing A Decent Job In Data Science

Notes on how to get a job in data science, presented at Sussex University to the PhD summer school programme.



July 26, 2019


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    Getting Closer to Landing a Job in Data Science @IanOzsvald

    – Ian Ozsvald Sussex University 2019-07
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     Interim Chief Data Scientist  19+ years experience 

    Ex Sussex (KBS 1998)  Quickly build strategic data science plans  Team coaching & public courses Introductions By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     Wide range of problems – time series, recommendation, classification,

    pricing, diagnostics, anomaly detection  Insurance, hedge funds, automated vehicles, travel, healthcare, retail & food, movie sales predictions  Smart teams, pretty good data, big impact potential In industry By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     High project failure rate  Poor visibility on progress

     Required hidden engineering There are problems By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     Refactoring, Unit testing  Visual high-level communication  Building

    a project plan  Talking to people, communicating progress  Numeracy & technical skills Important skills By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     Make a LinkedIn profile, write a CV  Talk

    to recruiters  Attend events  Speak at events Where to find jobs By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     You’re interviewing them too (two-way)  How good is

    their data? Do they have enough?  How many data products are deployed & in use?  How will the team grow? What are their strengths & weaknesses? How to interview By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     Find a good+established team (probably not a start-up) 

    Products are in use (so you see the full product lifecycle)  A need to grow beyond “early version” models  I have a jobs mailing list (1k subscribers, 12+ jobs/mo): A good first job... By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     Different industry? Similar role (if you enjoy it) 

    Different sized company?  I have a jobs mailing list (1k subscribers, 12+ jobs/mo): A good second job... By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald
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     YouTube’s PyDataTV shows “what’s normal” in industry  Figure

    out what you want from a team  Maybe join my jobs list for tips and my training list  Get social – attend events and talk to folk Summary By [ian]@ianozsvald[.com] Ian Ozsvald