Should you take more online courses or master's to boost your resume for data science jobs? 3 scenarios and recommendations

While speaking to aspiring data scientists, I often get asked: “Should I take more online courses to boost my resume?” This article summarizes my personal recommendations, and how to identify when one is “ready” after self-learning or pursuing additional education.

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How I stay motivated, even when times are tough: the Greatness in the Moment mindset

One of my favorite productivity books is “The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months” by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. I have a well-worn version of...

How I developed a video game in 2 days: lessons on scoping, design, and Unreal Engine from TOJam 2020

In the game development community, game jams (i.e. game dev hackathons) are often events where people get together to experiment and have fun. I’ve attended (and judged) several hackathons themed around data science, but had...

2 time management techniques I've used since high school - digging out my old study planner journal

I previously wrote about how I studied for my master’s degree while working full time, how I developed video games while either studying or working, and how I passed the CFA Level 1 exams in...

3 tips to build a network in a new industry or city, from scratch - what I learned from living in 6+ cities

Many of us experience going somewhere new, where we have to rebuild a personal or professional network from scratch - for example the first time moving to university, or relocating for better career opportunities. In...

How I chose studio recording equipment for livestreaming and working remotely, for under $150 CAD

Since starting working from home to combat the pandemic two months ago, I’ve set up a professional recording and video conferencing “studio” right at my desk. Here’s how I did it for under $ 150...

2 tips to take your self-learning to the next level

There is a lot of information online, which is both a pro and con at the same time: We can self-learn almost anything, and even enter new industries or pick up niche hobbies with self-direction....

How I entered the data science field (part 2) - Tailored approach to data science interviews, step by step

In part 1 of the “How I entered the data science field” series, I walked through the 2 pillars of data science roles: statistics and programming knowledge, as well as how to prepare to enter...

How I entered the data science field (part 1) - 2 pillars to tackle interview preparation

From late 2017 to early 2018, I prepared and interviewed for my current data science role. Now, I get paid to train and deploy machine learning models (yay!), and use my combined statistics/econometrics and programming...

The 5 things I learned from sleeping on a yoga mat for two years

Around two years ago, I was moving apartments again. I was sweating bullets as I helped the mover carry boxes down the stairs; there was a mistake in the booking, so no mover had come,...