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So you want to be a data scientist?

So you want to be a data scientist?

By Misra Turp
Interviews with data scientists, data engineers, machine learning engineers and professionals in other relevant areas to data. We chat about how they ended up where they are now and what kind of projects they work on.
Music by: Pudge
and Kevin MacLeod
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#13 - From ecology research to data science with Meg Thomason
One of the biggest worries before changing to data science is inexperience. It's natural to think that what you're doing right now is not relevant and that it's too late for you to switch to data science. But what you work on now does not stop you from pursuing a career in data science. In this episode, we learn about Meg's transition into data science after years in academia. Meg is a senior data scientist at Spin, an e-scooter sharing company. She has started her work-life in ecology research. After working in academia for a while, she decided to change the course of her career and took the leap towards data science. We talk about her journey, the resources she used, her work life, daily challenges she faces and much more in this episode. Don't miss it!
September 27, 2020
#12 - Life as a PhD student working working on AI with Selene Báez Santamaría
Doing a PhD is a great way to dive very deeply into a topic you're passionate about. When it comes to AI there is no shortage of interesting topics. If you don't want to have the limitation of a company that needs to make profits and want to satisfy your curiosity about your passion, doing a PhD might be just the thing for you. This week I'm interviewing Selene Báez Santamaría. Selene is a PhD student working on interaction between humans and robots. We discuss her journey towards starting a PhD, how she acquired her knowledge, what she did before starting her PhD and the details of her research. We also talk about how PhDs work, who it is for and how can you steer your career towards academia.
August 30, 2020
#11 - Data Science in Research with Sakshi Mishra
Curious about how data science and machine learning contributes to renewable energy research? In this episode, Sakshi Mishra from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) joins me to talk about her journey and her work. NREL is part of the United States Department of Energy and its main goal is to innovate on renewable energy and energy efficiency. We talk about how the lab comes up with research projects to work on, how she uses ML in these projects and how these projects are used in the real world. Apart from her work, we also talk about how she ended up where she is and what qualification she needed to get this job that quite honestly, sounds very dreamy. Give it a listen to get inspired about applications of ML in research! ‍
July 31, 2020
#10 - An unexpected way of using data science and life at Adobe with Shivali Goel
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine a vast variety of jobs where data science skills and machine learning are used. So, we end up defaulting to a data scientist position. Shivali Goel’s job is an excellent example of a non-data scientist title where data science skills are highly used. Shivali is a globalisation engineer at Adobe. She works on making sure that Adobe products are applicable and acceptable across the globe to different countries, cultures and languages. While doing so, she uses NLP and other ML techniques as her main tool. This goes to show that you don’t only have to be a data scientist by title to be practicing data science and using the “cool” ML techniques in your work.  Shivali says that her passion for languages, different cultures and NLP is combined in her position. Let’s hear it from her in this episode and go into the details of how she works.
July 17, 2020
#9 - Start-up life and being a free data scientist with Yaakov Bressler
Yaakov is a data scientist and theatre producer. He has experience working in start-ups and more recently as a free data scientist ready to make trouble. He has worked on some very interesting projects bringing art and data science together.  We talk about his experience working in start-ups, how he comes up with his projects now and what he works on currently. Yaakov has great examples of bringing multiple disciplines together. This episode surely will widen your horizons on what kind of projects are possible in data science.  Don’t miss it!
June 22, 2020
#8 - Data science from two perspectives with Nikola Valešová and Petr Míchal
Nikola and Petr both work for the same company in Prague. DataSentics, where they work, has a wide selection of projects and a very interesting portfolio. As part of their jobs as data scientists, Nikola and Petr not only implement machine learning models for their clients but also act as consultants and help them from start to end of creating a whole product. That's a great example of the ideal case of being a data scientist. We talk about how they ended up where they are, what kind of responsibilities they have day-to-day and how they like their work right now. This episode is special in the sense that we hear the experience of being a data scientist from two different perspectives! Don't miss it!
June 9, 2020
#7 - Freelancing and starting your own company with Katia Stambolieva
On this week's episode, I welcome Katia Stambolieva, proud co-founder of the space tech company NinaSpace and a freelance data scientist. In NinaSpace, Katia and the team work on detecting wildfires from space and warn governments on time to mitigate the negative effect of these unexpected events. Apart from her work at her company, she also does freelance work primarily to help amplify the impact of social, civic or environmental projects. She truly is an inspiration for anyone who dreams of starting their own business and has a lot to teach about being a freelancer.  Katia shares her journey to data science, business and space tech, we discuss the position of women in tech, talk about what it takes to be a data scientist and much more. Don't miss it!
May 27, 2020
#6 - Becoming an ML engineer and work life at Twitter with Jigyasa Grover
In this week's episode, Jigyasa Grover of Twitter joins me to talk about her career and machine learning engineering.  She shares her journey of becoming a machine learning engineer and the steps she took throughout the years. We dive deeper into the types of projects she works on, how she works with her team at Twitter and what she loves about her job.  All this and more is on this week's episode. Don't miss it!
May 11, 2020
#5 - Whys and hows of a product analyst career with Kasia Rachuta
In this episode, we look into one of the many data-related titles: product analyst. Kasia Rachuta is a product analyst at Square, a financial services company in San Francisco. She also held data science positions before and is able to compare the two easily.  We talk about how being a product analyst differs from being a data scientist, what her daily responsibilities are, what she loves about her job and what she did to get where she is right now. All of this and more in this week's episode!
April 29, 2020
#4 - A senior data scientist's life with Samantha Zeitlin
Samantha joins me to talk about her career in the fourth episode of So you want to be a data scientist. She is a senior data scientist at in San Francisco. We talk about her journey from academia to business. We also discuss her daily responsibilities and what being a senior data scientist changed for her. Samantha has really helpful insights for aspiring data scientists and great advice for anyone transitioning careers to data science. We talk about all this and more, in this episode.
April 14, 2020
#3 - Being a technical writer at a tech firm with Melissa Barr
Melissa is a technical writer at Uber working specifically for the machine learning team. In this episode we get to learn more about technical writing and what this job entails. Melissa talks about her journey of becoming a technical writer, shares the kind of tasks she performs day-to-day and informs us about the career path of a technical writer. She has some really good tips for anyone interested in a technical writing or data related position.
April 1, 2020
#2 - Discussing big bank life with Víctor García Cazorla
Data science can take many shapes and forms. It is important to get insights from people working in different industries, different sized companies and different roles. In this episode, Víctor García Cazorla joins me to share his data science story. He works at ABN AMRO, one of the major banks in the Netherlands. He shares his experience of working in a big bank with us. Additionally, we discuss day-to-day activities, the way of working and the tools that he uses. -------- Music by: Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
March 19, 2020
#1 - Talking about data science in consulting with Madli Kivisik
Madli is a former colleague of mine who is currently working for a new exciting start-up called Pactum. She is an entrepreneur at heart and a badass data scientist with a background in social sciences. She worked in many cool projects during her time at IBM and has 3 years of first hand experience of working with clients. In this episode, she will tell us about her journey into data science, why she chose to follow this path and the projects she worked on. -------- Music by: Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
March 3, 2020