After 4 years of working in postdoc positions, Dong Zhou was starting to re-evaluate academia. "It’s not a real job in terms of compensation and stability. I decided to quit postdoc and try working in industry."
Dong started to explore learning software development and data science. "I started off trying to learn with books, but I was missing projects, and how to put everything together."
"After that, I tried Coursera, but I didn't like how the videos dictated the pace I learned at."
After reading a post on the Dataquest blog, Dong tried learning with Dataquest.
Dong credits the career counseling as being key to his success. "I got a lot of advice from Vik. Because I've never worked in industry before, I was able to ask him about his experience."
Before Dataquest, I was wasting time by learning the wrong things. Dataquest pointed me to the right track.
"I asked him a lot about job hunting. It had a big impact on helping me find a job. Having someone senior to guide you is very helpful."
Dong was successful in gaining a job with Schrodinger as a Senior Software Developer. He develops chemical simulation software for use in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and materials science research.
"I'm on a team of software developers. I get to combine my scientific background with my new career."
"I liked Dataquest because I can control how fast I do the problems. The small scale projects help to make the transition from concepts to the real thing."
"Before Dataquest, I was wasting time by learning the wrong things. Dataquest pointed me to the right track. I've recommended Dataquest to my friends who are looking for jobs."
"Dataquest helped me in my search for an industry job. I wished I had found it earlier."