My degree is in political science, and I worked for the Obama 2012 campaign as a state data director, but that role was limited. I want to help engineer the data systems that will decide the elections of the future. I did the SQL Bootcamp at General Assembly but I don't know where to go from here really. I recently sold my small business so I can spend the money, and I have the time right now; but I want to be sure I'm making the right investment. Will I be able to find job placement after completing a Data Science course? Most of the statistics I've seen all seem to be regarding job placement for coders and programmers.
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Your background sounds awesome. I work at K2 Data Science (www.k2datascience.com). We run an online data science bootcamp for working professionals.
Our training will make you competitive for entry-level data scientist positions. Getting a well-paying job has a lot to do with the student's commitment. Bootcamps should never guarantee placement.
Finding a job after completing a data science bootcamp will depend on many factors - your education, your job history, the type of companies you're targeting, the roles you're going after (i.e. Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Engineer, etc.), and more. At Metis (www.thisismetis.com), we prepare you to graduate fully qualified for a job in data science, and we count on our Career Services to work closely with you, from day one of the bootcamp, to day one of your new job. We are fully committed to working with each student before, during, and after to ensure they are successful.
If you're interested in speaking further about your background, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat more!
You are asking excellent questions. A bootcamp is a great investment as it compresses a full year of courses into 3 months; at a quarter of the cost of a university degree, it also has a much lower opportunity cost of lost income. As you noticed, most first-generation bootcamps cater to coders and are staffed by young professionals with relatively small networks. That's why we have launched a next-generation bootcamp, called Principal Analytics Prep. We asked hiring managers in analytics positions to design a broad-based curriculum that covers not just coding but also statistical skills, and other related data skills and business fundmentals. Our instructors are almost all current hiring managers with an average of 10 years of work experience, and thus bring large professional networks to help our graduates land jobs. Check out our website, and contact us if you have any questions.