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Demystifying Data Science: From Neuroscience Ph.D. to Head of Data Science

By: Metis Contributor

May 24, 2017

As a Neural Engineering Ph. D candidate, Michael Palazzolo designed a virtual reality video game for primates. The data he collected was used to construct statistical models that charted the relationship between arm movement and vision to brain activity. While he enjoyed the interesting work – especially the parts that involved modeling and programming – at some point, it became evident that a career in academia wasn’t his desired path. He began seekings ways to fuse his academic expertise and experience with other desired skills.

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Making the Most of Your Bootcamp Projects

by: Tiffany Dedeaux // May 23, 2017

So you've decided to take a huge step toward the career of your dreams and join a Data Science Bootcamp. Now is the time to start differentiating yourself for future employers. How can you do that? By focusing your upcoming data science projects on the one reason you enrolled in this program in the first place (getting a data science job!).

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Demystifying Data Science: One Grad's Work to Expand the Reach of Facebook Messenger

by: Metis Contributor // May 19, 2017

Metis graduate Devin Wieker is now a Data Scientist at Facebook’s Bay Area headquarters, where he’s focused specifically on Messenger growth and where he soaks in the highly technical work and environment.

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Demystifying Data Science: A Lawyer's Journey into Data Engineering

by: Metis Contributor // May 18, 2017

Like many Metis alumni, Max Farago came from a career quite different from data science. He worked for nearly four years as a lawyer – even running his own practice – and is now a Data Engineer at PreciseTarget, where he’s one of two people with a data background at the retail-oriented startup.

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Metis Approach to Data Science Education (Part 1): Project-Driven, Learning by Doing

by: Paul Burkard // May 10, 2017

This is the first entry in an ongoing series detailing the Metis approach to Data Science Education. The series will cover a variety of topics from strategies and philosophy to technologies and techniques, which have been cultivated through Metis’s firsthand experience instructing many aspiring data scientists.

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Cracking The Take Home Coding Exercise

by: Michelle Gill // May 08, 2017

Take home coding exercises are a common element of the data science interview process, particularly for entry level positions. One of our goals at Metis is to train individuals for career transitions into data science through completion of our 12-week data science bootcamp, which includes preparation for all stages of the job search process.

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Demystifying Data Science: How Jamie Fradkin Optimizes BuzzFeed Content

by: Emily Wilson // May 05, 2017

Metis graduate Jamie Fradkin's work as a Data Scientist at BuzzFeed is applied to optimizing viral posts that you’ve probably read and shared hundreds (or more) times.

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Congrats, You Finished Your Bootcamp. Now What?

by: Jason Moss // April 19, 2017

Now the bootcamp has ended. The daily rush of working in an intense, structured environment and collaborating with an amazing group of peers has been replaced by the hard truth that you need to find a job. No matter how incredible the career support is from your alma mater bootcamp, the onus is still on you to find that next role.

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Roadmap: How to Learn Machine Learning in 6 Months

by: Zachariah Miller // March 30, 2017

I came across a question on Quora that boiled down to: "How can I learn machine learning in six months?" I started to write up a short answer, but it quickly snowballed into a huge discussion of the pedagogical approach I used and how I made the transition from physics nerd to physics-nerd-with-machine-learning-in-his-toolbelt to data scientist. Here's a roadmap highlighting major points along the way.

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Q&A with Metis Alumni now @ Elsevier Labs, Booz Allen, Philadelphia 76ers

by: Emily Wilson // March 02, 2017

We recently hosted a virtual alumni panel featuring four recent graduates of our Data Science bootcamp. These grads are now working for the Philadelphia 76ers, Elsevier Labs, and Booz Allen Hamilton in a variety of data science roles, with a range of interesting responsibilities. During the hour-long event, Metis Director ...

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