Considering a Masters or Bootcamp

KPMG XJAK12
Nov 10 10 Comments

Finance Undergrad w/ IT minor

just trying to get into an entry level analytics position

I worked with SQL, Python, R, Tableau, Alteryx, VBA, data management, and relational databases

what master program can i get into thats good for non stem undegrad majors?

or whats an good bootcamp i can do online thatll get companies to not push my resume to the side.

im interested in doing data science, Machine learning, data engineering, and backend development as a long term career but id start with analytics and work my way up.

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  • Uber MizX
    Get an analyst position at one of the big tech companies. Then learn DS on the side while making good money there. Eventually ask them to interview for DS. That’s what I did at uber, was an Econ undergrad major and went from biz analyst to data scientist. If you learn the skills, people won’t care about your degree! Good luck
    Nov 10 6
    • Uber MizX
      Berkeley!
      Nov 11
    • KPMG XJAK12
      OP
      Yeah...I don’t think big tech companies are looking at my undergrad degree from A state school
      Nov 11
    • Uber MizX
      They will. Have some confidence and it’ll go a long way for your career. You have to first believe that you are valuable before you can convince them that you are. Learn the skills, build a portfolio of projects, and you can do anything. There was a Sr Engineer I worked with at uber who didn’t even have a 4 year degree but was one of the best engineers on the product team and everyone came to him for help and advice.
      Nov 12
    • Uber MizX
      Plus you already have KPMG (consulting or audit?) on your record which is good
      Nov 12
    • KPMG XJAK12
      OP
      Consulting
      Nov 12
  • Airbnb sky1ine
    Those are hard to learn on the job. I’d recommend going back to school if you want to do that track. Berkeley has a great masters program for DS—one of the only programs that’s specifically for data science. Stanford also has a stats masters.

    If you want to just get hired as an analyst, your current skillset is probably fine, though a Bootcamp could be helpful if you need to up level
    Your proficiency. Or just do some datacamp courses online. Much cheaper!

    Good Luck!
    Nov 10 0
  • Credit Karma MeatClub
    Oops. Sounds like you picked the wrong major. Don’t sweat it too bad.

    It might take some luck and a few smart moves, but I would say you could pivot out of finance with enough tangential experience, open source contributions or side projects/skunkworks projects to highlight in your resume. Employers are looking at people who talk a good game and have tangible deliverables to show for it. No bootcamps or masters necessary.

    Take Leetcoder for potential interview code testing and read Medium articles to see what other Data Scientists are talking about and try to apply it to whatever gig you land out of your undergrad.

    Google offers TensorFlow courses for 100% free: https://developers.google.com/machine-learning/crash-course/

    If you don’t want to take the risk, and want nothing to do with your undergrad (including a few jobs that aren’t exactly where you want to be) AND have the money and don’t mind more school, a Computer Science MS is probably the best route.
    Nov 10 0
  • Netflix aIiG66
    CS.
    Nov 10 0

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