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Joining the Data Science Community


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Slides from my presentation to the Metis Spring Cohort on May 17, 2018.

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Joining the Data Science Community

  1. 1. Emily Robinson Data Scientist at DataCamp Joining the Data Science Community
  2. 2. About Me ➔ Data Scientist at DataCamp ➔ Metis Summer 2016 Cohort ➔ Social Sciences Background
  3. 3. Barriers & Misconceptions Why Network? Where to Start Networking Effectively Overview
  4. 4. Barriers & Misconceptions
  5. 5. 1. It’s awkward
  6. 6. 2. It’s solely self-serving
  7. 7. 3. It’s a numbers game
  8. 8. It can be all of these things …
  9. 9. But it can also be this:
  10. 10. Generating some examples …
  11. 11. “Real” people (not actors)
  12. 12. Why Network?
  13. 13. People come to you
  14. 14. People come to you
  15. 15. Gain opportunities Jared Lander (meetup organizer) asked me to speak
  16. 16. Snowball effect
  17. 17. Give Back
  18. 18. Where do you start?
  19. 19. Meetups
  20. 20. Twitter
  21. 21. Ask for help (use hashtags)
  22. 22. Live tweet talks
  23. 23. Share your work
  24. 24. Share other people’s work
  25. 25. Networking effectively
  26. 26. Build early
  27. 27. Follow the Pacman Rule
  28. 28. Dealing with Social Anxiety
  29. 29. Understand your position Start with them?
  30. 30. Meeting your heroes
  31. 31. Get specific ➔ Mentions their work ➔ Offers a topic ➔ Suggests a specific time (that’s limited)
  32. 32. Real-life example Hi Emily, I'm reaching out because I'd like to apply to Etsy, most likely for the more junior position having finished Metis in XYZ. We haven't chatted much lately, but I've been following your career with interest - I can tell by how active you've been in the community, writing blogs, giving talks, appearing at conferences etc that Etsy has been a supportive place to learn and grow and build cool things and give back to the open-source community. I'd love to hear more about your experience there over coffee sometime. But in the meantime do let me know if you have a direct application link so I can get the referral credited to you. If I don't hear from you by, say, Monday I'll reach out to you on Twitter or email (I think I have your email?) in case you're not checking your Slack. Thanks!
  33. 33. Conclusion
  34. 34. Strong networks lift everyone up
  35. 35. Resources ➔ Making Peace with Personal Branding by Rachel Thomas ➔ Climbing the Relationship Ladder by Mark Meloon ➔ Do you have time for a Quick Chat? by Trey Causey ➔ Learn to Love Networking in HBR ➔ Overcoming Social Anxiety by Steph Locke
  36. 36. Thank you! @robinson_es