Man on the Move: A Springboard Alum's Data Science Journey

Last Updated: March 20, 2020
Springboard recently sat down with one of their Data Science Career Track alumni, Julio, to get the inside scoop on his experience and what he's doing now.

Julio Cárdenas-Rodríguez is a man on the move. After earning a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and biology at Mexico City's La Salle University and running clinical trials at Merck, he moved to the United States, where he finished his Ph.D. in physical chemistry and began working as a professor of radiology at the University of Arizona. But last year, Julio decided to shake things up: "The truth is that I got tired of writing grants and trying to get money from almost one single source, the federal government."

Julio needed help transferring some of the skills he developed as a scientist into a private sector healthcare role. After researching data science bootcamps, he decided that Springboard was his best option. He could do the work where he lived (Arizona), the price was affordable, and most importantly, the program was built around human relationships. "I needed another person to talk to when I was running into problems," he said.

Springboard's entire online community, which includes other students and alumni, was valuable, Julio said, but mentorship was the key to his success. And finding the right mentor was crucial. Want to read the rest of Julio's story? Find out more.

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