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Joining the Data Science Community

Joining the Data Science Community

Have you heard that you need to “network” if you want to get ahead in your career? Have you wondered if you could get to know data scientists at companies you admire? In this presentation, I’ll start by addressing some of the barriers and misconceptions about building your data science network, share motivation, help you get started, and give you tips on how to network most effectively.

Emily Robinson

July 24, 2019

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  1. Emily Robinson Data Scientist at DataCamp Joining the Data Science

  2. About Me ➔ Data Scientist at DataCamp ➔ Metis Summer

    2016 Cohort ➔ Social Sciences Background
  3. Barriers & Misconceptions Why Network? Where to Start Networking Effectively

  4. Barriers & Misconceptions

  5. 1. It’s awkward

  6. 2. It’s solely self-serving

  7. 3. It’s a numbers game

  8. It can be all of these things …

  9. But it can also be this:

  10. Generating some examples …

  11. From real people (not actors)

  12. Why Network?

  13. People come to you

  14. People come to you

  15. Gain opportunities Jared Lander (meetup organizer) asked me to speak

  16. Snowball effect

  17. Give Back

  18. Where do you start?

  19. Meetups

  20. Twitter

  21. Ask for help (use hashtags)

  22. Live tweet talks

  23. Share your work

  24. Share other people’s work

  25. Networking effectively

  26. Build early

  27. Follow the Pacman Rule

  28. Understand your position Start with them?

  29. Meeting your heroes

  30. Get specific ➔ Mentions their work ➔ Offers a topic

    ➔ Suggests a specific time (that’s limited)
  31. Real-life example Hi Emily, I'm reaching out because I'd like

    to apply to Etsy, most likely for the more junior position having finished Metis in XYZ. We haven't chatted much lately, but I've been following your career with interest - I can tell by how active you've been in the community, writing blogs, giving talks, appearing at conferences etc. that Etsy has been a supportive place to learn and grow and build cool things and give back to the open-source community. I'd love to hear more about your experience there over coffee sometime. But in the meantime do let me know if you have a direct application link so I can get the referral credited to you. If I don't hear from you by, say, Monday I'll reach out to you on Twitter or email (I think I have your email?) in case you're not checking your Slack. Thanks!
  32. Conclusion

  33. Strong networks lift everyone up

  34. Resources ➔ Making Peace with Personal Branding by Rachel Thomas

    ➔ Climbing the Relationship Ladder by Mark Meloon ➔ Do you have time for a Quick Chat? by Trey Causey ➔ Learn to Love Networking in HBR ➔ Overcoming Social Anxiety by Steph Locke
  35. Thank you! tiny.cc/metistalk hookedondata.org @robinson_es