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Mike: “I wanted to grow my skills”

Mike Roberts didn’t plan on becoming a data scientist. After getting a degree in physics, he gave art management and professional poker playing a shot before becoming a BI analyst. He joined Dataquest to beef up those BI skills, but quickly learned he could switch to a much more interesting role within data science. For […]

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Aaron: “Dataquest Broke Things Down in Ways I Could Understand.”

Aaron Melton saw the power of Python while working at a power plant. His team was using Excel for a complex report, which was time consuming and error-prone. He decided to learn Python to fix it, and after several months of attempts got NetworkX to work. “It was a great moment. I saw how I […]

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Priya: “Dataquest helped me to help others”

Priya Iyer decided to learn data science so that she could better help people. Her startup, Tulalens, operated for two years and raised $100k towards helping women in urban slums. Tulelens helped the women launch small businesses that sold iron-rich foods, and shared information on iron-deficiency anemia. Priya and her partners realized that they could […]

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Luiz: “Dataquest helped me learn on my own schedule”

Luiz Zanini was working as a Mechatronics Engineer when he decided he needed a radical career change. He was frustrated by corporate life, and knew he’d be happier as a programmer. When researching new career paths, Data Scientist stood out—he really liked Python and dreamt of a digital nomad lifestyle. “I made a list of […]

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Jennifer: “I used Dataquest to help me manage Data Science Projects”

Jennifer Thomas works as a Chief of Staff for one of the USA’s ‘big four’ banks. She supports the team that develops all the software used by the bankers. “I do anything that needs doing so our coders can sit and code as much as possible. I do financials, budgeting, reporting, visa work – a […]

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Prerit: “Dataquest helped me transition from a software developer to a data scientist.”

Prerit Anwekar had decided he wanted to be a data scientist. He was attending Indiana University doing his masters. “I realized that to do machine learning, I needed to focus on Python, but I was only being taught R.” After trying to learn Python from a book, he was discouraged. “Learning using a book is […]

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Wes: “Dataquest teaches me everything I need to know without the $50,000 degree.”

Wes Brooks had always understood that data was key to success in business. “Early in my career, I built other businesses and my own with a data-driven mindset.” This led Wes to a role at Cornett, an advertising agency where he worked on marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. “They hired me to apply that […]

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Harry: “Dataquest helped me start my career in data”

While working as a geophysicist for an oil services company, Harry Robinson found himself interested in data. “My job involved lots of data, but it was always at arms length. We were applying algorithms, but I never got to see them. “I wanted to know what was happening and why, so I could interpret the […]

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Kyle: “Dataquest helped me get into the tech industry”

For the first four years of his career, Kyle Stewart worked as a product manager in industrial automation. “I was working for a fortune 500 company. I managed products that helped industrial processes, like at an oil refinery.” He wanted to move into the more dynamic tech industry. “In industrial product management it’s difficult to […]

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Vicknesh: “Dataquest helped me transition from a Science Teacher to a Data Scientist”

Vicknesh Mano was working as a Chemistry teacher in Singapore. After getting his degree in Chemoinformatics, he realized that academia was not what he wanted to pursue. He transitioned to teaching. “I was a science teacher, but I wanted to do more. I enjoyed teaching, but I wanted to experience the commercial world and get […]

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