Data science boot camps worth it?

Cisco rkHq23
Jul 10, 2018 8 Comments

Almost everyone I know who did one ended up at a staffing firm for contract jobs, or an early stage startup. This is after 4-6 months of job searching. There are people like this person who got into AirBnb after 457 applications (!) but that seems to be a far and away exception.

What do DS hiring managers think when they see boot camp on a resume and a section for "projects"?


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TOP 8 Comments
  • Uber ciaobel
    It is better to take jobs where you have the opportunity to do data science projects and slowly work towards it than to do boot camps
    Jul 23, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Other

    Amazon Other

    Why the fuck do you think I would put any personal information in an anonymous chat app? You seem really confused, @blind.
    Weird. The best data science guy I know was just a psych major who started in HR recruiting and got really good at databases.
    Jul 10, 2018 1
  • Amazon Pokebowl
    I think “data scientist” has a broad definition. The work the article’s author was doing as a sql data analyst might be the same thing she is doing at Airbnb. The bootcamp learnings may be just a nice-to-have and it very unlikely she is working on core data science work from just the bootcamp.
    Jul 10, 2018 1
    • Cisco rkHq23
      This is a good point. I know some boot camp guys at Facebook with "data scientist" titles. They're just doing ad analytics, no ML model training at all.
      Jul 10, 2018
  • Spotify iwik71
    DS boot camp is ok when backed by relevant formal education and experience, for example, a phd in a scientific field.
    Jul 10, 2018 0
  • General Motors / Eng RCwa76
    What value do these have for CS grads who want to get more into data science?
    Jul 10, 2018 1
    • Nordstrom / Eng ufos
      If you have a CS background I would focus on ML engineering instead
      Jul 10, 2018