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Getting your first job in Data Science By Imaad Mohamed Khan Founder-in-Residence at Entrepreneur First

Getting your first job in Data Science is difficult. You’ve been applying to jobs, but they keep rejecting you. You don’t know what to do and how you could differentiate yourselves amidst the pool of candidates? In this talk, we’ll be going through different tips and techniques you could use to find that elusive Data Science jobs. They’ve worked for me and probably will work for you too!

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Getting your first job in Data Science By Imaad Mohamed Khan Founder-in-Residence at Entrepreneur First

  1. 1. Getting your First Job in Data Science Cypher September 18, 2019
  2. 2. $whoami Founder-in-residence at Entrepreneur First Data Science Educator LinkedIn Content Creator Previously: Data Scientist, Indegene Masters in ITIS, TU Braunschweig Bachelors in ECE, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology
  3. 3. Are there jobs in Data Science?
  4. 4. How many jobs?
  5. 5. Sample Job Advertisement
  6. 6. Sample Job Advertisement
  7. 7. Sample Job Advertisement
  8. 8. Why Data Science?
  9. 9. Baby steps into DS
  10. 10. Masters - Research Project and Master Thesis Research Project - Automatic detection of topics from tweets for a product Unsupervised learning- K Means Clustering, LDA Master Thesis - Automatic detection of fake images on twitter during a crisis situation Supervised learning - Random Forests
  11. 11. Personal Data Blog Towards the end of my Master thesis, started writing as a way to document my thoughts and experiences with Data Science. Maintained a personal blog earlier which hardly had readers. First article gets picked by Towards Data Science. I experiment with data and write how I went about the process. This can be helpful for a lot of people.
  12. 12. Masters done. Now what? -
  13. 13. “You need experience to get a job and a job to get experience” -Reality Strikes
  14. 14. Applying to jobs Apply and wait for the dreaded rejection email!
  15. 15. Apply and wait? No, hustle!
  16. 16. Eventually, I got 4 offers!
  17. 17. Multi-channel approach Multiple offers from 4 different channels 1. Job portal 2. Blog posts + personal projects 3. References 4. LinkedIn
  18. 18. Some more strategies... (that have worked for others)
  19. 19. Github ● Home for all your personal projects ● Make sure to have a Readme file describing your project ● Try to make it as easy as possible for someone to try it out (perhaps structure it like a package)
  20. 20. Stackoverflow ● Lot of people ask basic questions on stackoverflow ● Might be a good way to test your knowledge ● Once you get enough reputation (stackoverflow points), you might be approached by some employers.
  21. 21. Kaggle and Hackathons ● Participate in Kaggle competitions, a position in the top 1% is likely to get you noticed. ● Have heard of a few people get jobs based on their Kaggle performances. ● Takes some time though, you have to perform consistently over competitions.
  22. 22. Meetups and Online Communities ● Attend meetups (like the one I organise) to network with the people in the space. ● Join online communities (we have one on telegram). Some people share job opportunities through these channels and you could be the first one to get to know of them!
  23. 23. “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Paulo Coelho
  24. 24. Thanks for listening!

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