Friend is finishing up her PhD in Physics and wants to transition into data science. She is wondering if participating in data science bootcamps is worth the effort. She is looking at two specific ones: data incubator and insight data science. Both of these require 3-4 months of dedicated time working on a project. While it’s great that both are free, they seem to impose a restriction that you can only interview with companies that they send your resumes to. I transitioned from a non-CS PhD into data science myself and I was able to get interviews, prepare and pass them without too much trouble. Given my experience and the restrictions bootcamps place on the candidates, my take is that ROI from bootcamps is not great. What do you all feel?
When it comes to boot camps for phds, Insight has a really great track record. Can’t speak of the others, but Insight grads have a good reputation and get training on the fundamentals necessary to succeed in the workplace. With that said the value consists in having access to structured environment and having someone vouch for you that you actually did the work instead of messing around on Kaggle for a few months. The salaries I’ve seen them advertise for their grads are also on the new grad SWE level.