Recently fired/quit from startup, trying to come up with a plan

New / Data dsmalScnce
Nov 13, 2019 11 Comments

A year ago i was hired as a data scientist in a very niche field at a pre-revenue start-up. i hated the job i had before, and this field meshed well with my background (i have a BS in biomedical engineering, which was related to this company’s value prop). i lived in Seattle (very expensive), but i took this new job for a low salary and a good amt of equity, with assurances that things would pick up and i would get a raise soon...

well almost a year passed, and i was still making the same amount. i wasnt doing any actual data science, just building cloud architectures and writing Json parsers. i got super burnt out and unproductive, my boss confronted me, i told him i was thinking about leaving. we worked it out, but then not too much later he fired me since we were really starting to get close to running out of money. it sucks cause i was very close to getting my equity, but whatever, things werent looking great over there anyway.

now im faced with the job market: I dont have a degree in CS, but i can write decent python, understand general ML and data science best practices, and i am taking a Coursera on DS&A with c++. the coursera is attached to an online masters in CS program, i.e. i do well in this course and pass an online exam and i can maybe get into that masters program in 2020.

problem is, i need a job SOON. i have loans in my parents name, a GF w very traditional parents, and too much pride to collect unemployment for 6 months. ive started talking to recruiters, but i feel like without a better portfolio (mine is outdated and not very good) or DS&A understanding, im just not ready for the market in Seattle.

so, my question is, what should i do with my unlimited free time, previous experience, and somewhat limited financial resources? i dont want to go to a bootcamp... Does anyone have any tips for a self-study program that can get me into a high-paying data science/engineering, or SDE/SWE role within the next 3 months? i dont know shit about front-end and im only okay at SQL. i only have like 50 on LC, but i want to buckle down on it more starting now. ive been fired for a week and i need to do SOMETHING. im willing to work 10+ hours a day. should i stick with DS roles and head over to Kaggle? or pivot to something more attainable for someone with just a BS, like SDE or data engineer?

TC: 47K (prev) —> 0 (now)


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TOP 11 Comments
  • Amazon Trigg
    You do realize unemployment insurance is withheld from your paycheck, so it’s your money to use? What does pride have to do with it? File and take the pressure off yourself and stop trying to people please. This is life. A temporary challenge. Just keep moving forward with networking and applying to jobs.
    Nov 13, 2019 2
    • New / Data dsmalScnce
      I should have clarified, I did apply for unemployment already and I will take it if I get approved. But I guess my point being with the whole pride thing is that I’d like to have a job before I’ve been on unemployment for 4+ months, mainly for financial reasons but also cause of pride. So I need to get a marketable skillset and fast.
      Nov 13, 2019
    • Amazon Trigg
      Pride goeth before a fall. Stop worrying, it will slow you down. Schedule some coffee dates and meetups with people in companies or roles or businesses you’re targeting. Read new material. Fine tune the heck out of your resume. Take your mind in a better direction. Worry and pride will only bring more of the same.
      Nov 13, 2019
  • New / Eng lHpK84
    You were terminates without cause. Apply for the unemployment while you search. That's literally what it's there for; your employer pays into the program.

    47k is asst retail manager pay, not technical skills pay. Be glad you left.

    Apply for deference on your loans ASAP

    Ignore the g/f parents, and maybe even the g/f. Ain't none of them sound like they're gonna help you so why would you hold yourself to their standards?
    Nov 13, 2019 0
  • I would take the unemployment pay and leet code full time. In 1 month you’ll have a job.
    Nov 13, 2019 0
  • Visa / QA ;✔️
    Continue leetcode and schedule interviews
    Nov 13, 2019 0
  • Google sindbad
    Share your resume
    Nov 13, 2019 1
  • LinkedIn
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    z codermore
    Take the unemployment! But you need to figure it out if this is affecting your future greencard or visa.

    Otherwise look at your skills + jobs you want and fill the gap.

    Been through my lay-off and I know there are times when everything is back... you will grow stronger.

    Also update LinkedIn, indeed and get your cv checked.

    Don’t focus on job titles rather than the skills you have
    Nov 13, 2019 0
  • Now if you got fired for a cause then... it’ll be harder to get unemployment benefits but you can always try.
    Nov 13, 2019 0
  • JUUL uWvS27
    Echo already pay into unemployment
    Nov 13, 2019 0


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