Over 1500 technology bootcamp graduates entered our sweepstakes competition to win a $500 Amazon Giftcard just by leaving a review for their school on Course Report. This time, our lucky winner was Susan from data science bootcamp Metis in Seattle! We caught up with her to find out a bit about her data science bootcamp experience, why she decided to attend Metis, and how she’s now working on a team of all women!
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Graduation Date: September 2017. Susan was a part of Metis Seattle’s first cohort!
What were you up to before Metis?
Before starting at Metis, I was most recently a postdoc at the University of Washington. I got my PhD in Neurobiology (also at UW); my thesis work was on studying the effect of cannabinoid compounds on microglia (the brain's immune cells) in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, an aggressive brain tumor – what Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden had). I was doing research on microglia in a genetic version of Alzheimer's Disease during my postdoc.
What are you up to now? What's your job title?
My job title is Sr. Data Analyst at Liberty Mutual. I'm part of the data science department which includes data scientists like myself (nobody has a title of Data Scientist there, we're all different levels of "Analyst") and actuaries. The actuaries are the subject matter experts and are really helpful in setting the context of what's important and relevant for the task at hand. My team is currently working on pricing models for insurance products for business owners. I also have to shamelessly plug that my team of six, including my manager, are all women!
What's your advice to someone considering Metis or another data science bootcamp?
To someone considering a bootcamp, you get out what you put in. This applies to homework, projects, presentations, networking, and learning about the regional job market. Signing up to attend is only the first step in a series of steps to making this transition. I certainly think combining a good attitude with the learning material and resources that you have access to from Metis can provide an advantage in this job market! (I have a well overdue blog post in progress about my journey!)
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