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Demystifying Data Science: The Push to Keep Learning Leads to a New Career

By: Emily Wilson

June 26, 2017

Bootcamp graduate Kimberley Mitchell, now a Data Analyst at Newsela, always had a significant interest in one crucial pillar of data science – statistics. This propelled her toward degrees in industrial engineering and economics, and into a career that has clear a delineation between before and after the birth of the mainstream internet. She worked as a Quality Engineer for AT&T and as a Statistician for Universal Instruments, among other roles, before the web took off and she wanted to take off with it.

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Demystifying Data Science: A Math-Loving Hip Hop Fan Becomes an Expert at Spotify

by: Emily Wilson // June 20, 2017

For Emily Hough-Kovacs, it’s not just about the final product when it comes to music. It’s about the intricacies of production, the record label, and the entire creative and business process. Now a Data Scientist at music streaming giant Spotify, she works on the Creator Products Insights Team.

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Demystifying Data Science: Exploring the Intersection between Medicine and Data Science

by: Metis Contributor // June 08, 2017

This post was written by Sameh Saleh, Metis Data Science Bootcamp graduate and current Resident Physician in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He shares his story with the hope to inspire other clinicians-in-training to seriously consider the value of a data science education in their lifelong medical endeavors.

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Demystifying Data Science: Professional Poker Player Turned Data Scientist at FanDuel

by: Metis Contributor // June 07, 2017

Before he’d even heard of data science, Andy Sherman-Ash was employing the powers of artificial intelligence in his career as a professional poker player. He taught himself how to code by crafting a neural network-based poker AI that used the machine learning software Weka.

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

by: Metis Contributor // 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.

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

by: Metis Contributor // 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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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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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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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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Exploring Data Viz Possibilities with D3.js

by: Emily Wilson // August 01, 2016

Written by former Data Visualization student Corinne Brenner, this post explores a professional media project she enhanced for her job during her 6 weeks at Metis.

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Alumni Spotlight: Alison Cossette, Senior Analyst at the UVMC

by: Emily Wilson // July 05, 2016

Bootcamp graduate Alison Cossette came to Metis with 10 years of healthcare experience and a desire to integrate that with rigorous data science training. She's now a Senior Analyst in Center for Healthcare Management at the University of Vermont Medical Center, working on projects that directly impact patients' healthcare.

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Alumni Spotlight: Andre Gatorano, Data Scientist at Blitsy

by: Emily Wilson // July 05, 2016

Metis bootcamp graduate Andre Gatorano is now a lead Data Scientist at Blitsy, where he works on a number of projects aimed at helping both the company and customer maximize their digital experiences on the site. I recently caught up with Andre to talk about his multi-purpose role, to discuss what tools he's using on the job, and much more.

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Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Cheever, Data Visualization Engineer at Ancestry

by: Emily Wilson // July 05, 2016

"Data science doesn't mean a thing if it's not communicated effectively," according to recent Metis Data Science Bootcamp graduate Nathan Cheever. We agree, and we're excited to see Nathan putting that belief into professional practice as a Data Visualization Engineer at Ancestry. Read on to find out about his day-to-day work and how his bootcamp experience prepared him for it.

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Alumni Spotlight: Yong Cho, Data Scientist at GrubHub

by: Emily Wilson // March 03, 2016

Metis graduate Yong Cho currently works as a Data Scientist at GrubHub, the food delivery company responsible for countless delicious meals delivered to my Brooklyn apartment. We caught up with Yong this week to ask about his role at GrubHub, his time at Metis, and his advice for current and future students.

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Alumni Spotlight: Metis Graduate Jaclyn Weiser, Senior Data Scientist at ZeroFOX

by: Emily Wilson // February 23, 2016

Jaclyn Weiser graduated from the Metis Data Science Bootcamp in July, 2015 before joining ZeroFOX as a Senior Data Scientist. In this Q&A, she talks about her current role at the social media cyber security startup, her time at Metis, and the data science tools she's using on a regular basis.

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Metis Alumni Panel: Insights Into the Data Science Job Search

by: Emily Wilson // January 04, 2016

In an effort to prepare students for the job market, we hosted an alumni panel discussion in our NYC classroom, during which three recent graduates.