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Demystifying Data Science: A Passion for Academic Research Leads to Data

By Carlos Russo • June 06, 2017

The road to a career in data science is often unpaved and unpredictable. For Metis alumna Jessica Cox, it started with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and led to her current role as Data Scientist at Elsevier Labs, a scientific publishing company. During her undergraduate studies, she realized how much she adored research. She followed that passion through to a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, focused on environmental health and nutrition research. That’s when another life-changing realization hit her: she loved data.

Demystifying Data Science: The Dream (and Reality) of Working for the NBA

By Carlos Russo • May 30, 2017

A percentage of people have jobs they enjoy and find fulfilling, but how many can truly say they’ve landed the job that suits them best? Chicago native Michael Lai is a lifelong basketball fan (he grew up adoring the Michael Jordan-led Bulls) with a passion for programming, data, and analytics. He recently got a job as a Data Scientist for the Philadelphia 76ers and considers working for an NBA organization a dream come true.

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Metis Approach to Data Science Education (Part 2): Staying Current in a Cutting Edge World

By Paul Burkard • May 30, 2017

This past Fall, Metis Senior Data Scientist Julia Lintern spearheaded an effort to revamp aspects of Metis’s Data Science Bootcamp curriculum in terms of both content and content delivery, which marked the first major curriculum overhaul in its 2.5-year history. This blog post is structured as some history/background on the contents of the Metis curriculum alongside an interview with Julia about the changes made.

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

By Carlos Russo • 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.

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!).

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

By Carlos Russo • 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.

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

By Carlos Russo • 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 Laura Montemayor • 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.

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.