I don't post often on Reddit, but I feel the need to speak out about a recent experience.
I'm a recent grad, May of 2021 with a B.A in Data Science & Statistics (it's an applied math degree). Although I'm a new grad, I'm fortunate to have 1.5 years of professional experience as a data analyst, spanning one internship and two contract roles. However, I am trying to get my foot in the door as a Data Scientist, and am currently participating in an Applied Data Science Program in lieu of a master's (I have my own philosophy of getting a master's degree AKA its too much money and I'd rather use all available resources at my disposal first)
Anywho, the market has been a bit tough in NYC, as I've been unemployed for the last 4 months. I've had countless interviews, final rounds, but the last role eventually gets passed along to another candidate. I'm a good sport about it- until I was contacted by an IT company called Synergistic IT.
They had an entry-level Data Scientist role that I measly applied to. After swiftly scheduling an interview, the day of our phone interview came. It felt rushed, and wasn't very technical. The person over the phone eventually came to describe that this is not a paid role, but rather a service that "trains" you until you find a data science role, and that they're a valid IT company that they will allow you to add to your resume. Also, you had to pay for it.
It felt cheap, and my scam radar went off. So I decided to play bait and ask how much it was. The "interviewer" became visibly upset when I expressed a level of shock when he told me it was ~$15,000. As I quickly informed him that I was not interested, he tried to get me on the phone and associate my lack of experience in data science to why I cannot enter data science.
"You don't have experience, right? So you pay us, we give you experience, then when your job comes, you will be ok"
I'm sure there's plenty of reasons why I don't have a data science job (yet). But I'm sure by the way this "interview" was conducted, this opportunity was nothing more than to exploit new grads with little experience by offering "experience".
Has anyone come across these companies? Any advice for new grads entering data science?
I work as a data scientist, kind of early in my career and I feel guilty of not spending my free time learning more about DS and MLOps.
Wanted opinions and experiences from senior/lead data scientists on how they learnt more as they climbed the ladder and if there is any validity to the hypothesis that being more technically adept will lead to career growth.
I’m feeling overwhelmed with the number of topics that I feel like I need to know to be actively contributing to my career growth.
These nerds talk about something like “train/test” splits and “overfitting.” Whatever loser, while you were lost in your textbook I was busy delivering actionable business insights for key stakeholders.
Look loser, I’m glad you paid big money for some fancy degree in statistics or whatever, but while you were up in your Ivory tower learning useless skills like bootstrapping, I was here on the ground working with real data, solving real business cases and delivering value.
Python? Don’t make me laugh. Excel is all you need. Why spend time on “containerization” and “dependency management” when I can fire up my trusty old XP machine in order to convert Jan’s old workbook into xlsx?
Plotting? Built into Excel. Aggregation? Built into Excel. Transformer-based natural language embeddings? Not built into Excel, and thus not important. While you were religiously watching Coursera videos, I was learning from Steve Balmer’s every move. That man knew how to deliver business insight using actionable intelligence.
I’m all about the North Star metrics. I align with the business leaders. I distill all day.
Dweebs on my team keep talking about “controlling for multiple hypotheses” and “effect sizes.” Is it an Excel function? No? Then forget it, we have real work to do here.
I got voluntold into hosting this month's team meeting. I'm supposed to prepare a little icebreaker activity for the end of the meeting. Inevitably we always run out of time, but I still gotta have it ready anyway, just in case.
I was thinking of just asking them about random world capitals, because that's something everyone should know more about. But I was wondering if you guys had any better ideas?