Bootcamps got their start as an alternative to traditional education. However, now that the model has risen in popularity, more universities are launching bootcamps of their own.
While many universities work with an outside education company to provide a bootcamp curriculum, Level Data Analytics does things a little differently. Level was developed completely in-house by Northeastern University, and students have access to the same network, support, and expert curriculum as a Northeastern undergraduate or master’s student.
One of Level’s more unique benefits is that students who complete the Level Core Data Analytics bootcamp are then eligible to join Northeastern’s Master of Professional Studies in Analytics.
We sat down with Samantha Leonard, Head of Admissions at Level, to learn more about the program and its benefits.
Tell me about Level. Where does the program operate, and what does it offer students?
Level offers short and intensive IoT and Data Analytics bootcamps designed to help students prepare to enter or advance in those fields and reach their personal and professional goals. As a Level student, you graduate with industry-standard knowledge and skills that you've applied to real-world challenges, a 27,000+ strong Northeastern network, and advanced standing into an array of Northeastern graduate degrees.
Level IoT currently operates at the San Jose campus, with plans to expand to Boston. Level Data Analytics operates in each city in which Northeastern has a campus - Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, and San Jose, and also completely online in our virtual classroom.
How is Level different from other Data Analytics bootcamps?
Level is a bootcamp run by Northeastern University, offering you benefits including articulation into various Northeastern Master’s degrees, including the MPS in Analytics, access to the country’s #1 ranked Career Services Network, events and more. At Level, not only are you building a data portfolio to showcase your skills by completing experiential, hands-on challenges rooted in real world problems, but you are also continuously expanding your network and growing professionally.
Who is the typical student of a Level bootcamp? Do you mostly work with students at Northeastern University?
Level students come from a variety of different backgrounds and walks of life, but the commonalities they share are a technical aptitude, passion for problem solving and eagerness to take on new challenges. While we do work with many students and faculty members inside Northeastern University, our reach spreads far beyond to other life long learners, career changes and career pivoters across the country, and even internationally.
Could you give me an estimate of how many students enter the program from a non-tech background?
In the Data Analytics program, a good chunk of the students have traditionally “non-technical backgrounds”
For example, we have students that have come in with backgrounds in teaching, sales, healthcare, etc. and ultimately make the career change to analytics after graduation. We also support students who are just starting out in their careers, and are looking to supplement their current skill-sets and make their next move. The students in the IoT program, however, do need to have intermediate technical backgrounds.
Level is unique because students can use the bootcamp toward earning a Master of Professional Studies in Analytics at Northeastern. Can you tell me more about this?
If you pass Level Data Analytics Core, our intermediate Data Analytics program, with an 85% or higher, you are automatically accepted into the Master of Professional Studies in Analytics and are granted 12 credits toward that degree. Level places you out of 4 MPSA courses, so you will essentially bypass a semester. This means Level can equate to about 25% completion of you Master’s.
A big priority for Level is helping students network with potential employers. How does Level work with employer partners?
As a Level student, your experience in the program culminates with your capstone project, in which you will act as a consultant for one of our partner companies to scope and execute a project for them using the core skills you’ve acquired during the program.
Since you are helping them address something they’ve never looked into before, the project gives you a nice opportunity to make a unique impact. While it’s not guaranteed, many capstone partners have continued to work with students post Level and have even published their work.
Additionally, we feature our graduates in our newsletters and continuously connect other employers who reach out to us with our alumni.
What job support resources can Level students access?
Professional development is built into the Level program, and as a student, you have access to Northeastern University’s entire #1 ranked Career Services Network. During your time in the program, you can attend career action workshops and work with a 1:1 career coach and/or join our alumni and mentorship network.
Tell me about the types of projects that students work on at Level. Could you provide a couple examples?
During the program you complete a data portfolio, consisting of various labs, case study projects and a capstone project. The case study projects, which we call xcases, are designed to reflect real-world challenges an analyst would face in their day to day. The capstone project gives you the chance to consult for a real company, and ties together all that you’ve learned in the program. We offer pre-scoped capstone projects provided by our partner companies across various industries, and also offer the chance for you to scope your own project if you’d prefer.
Some examples have included creating analytics dashboards from disparate data, using machine learning to digitize processes, using GIS tools to create data maps linking trends to geospatial areas and more.
Where are your students now? What types of roles have students found after attending Level?
While job placement is not guaranteed, we see about 86% placement rate for Level students into data driven positions post graduation. We have students working as analysts at companies like Bark Box, Wayfair, J.P Morgan, Ellevation Education, Uber and more. You can also check out what our 300+ graduates are doing here.
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