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Breaking into Data Science

  • 31 October 2020
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I’ve been trying to break into the data science profession.  I’m a PhD candidate in International Studies, and I’ve completed six specializations and professional certificates--but after more than six months of job searching I haven’t gotten a single invite to an interview.  I’m still not sure what I’m doing wrong.  My wife has been prodding me to get ANOTHER degree, but I’ve looked at their curricula and its mostly things I already know.  What am I doing wrong?


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First of all, I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with getting interviews because I know how frustrating this experience can be. It sounds like you might have all the right skills to do the job but maybe missing job search skills. The good news is those can be easier to develop than getting a whole new degree.

In order to understand what’s going on, there are two questions you need to answer: 

  • Do you have the right skill set for the jobs you are applying for?
  • Does your resume properly communicate your skills and abilities? 

I assume you have already thought about these questions but now is the time to dive into both of them deeper. This Coursera Career Change Guide provides guidance on how to do that. If you have already researched the job descriptions and did your best effort on tailoring your resume to it, focus on speaking with industry professionals. People working in your target roles will provide you with the best advice on what you need to succeed in the job search process because they’ve done that themselves! 

One last tip: you can use a free service such as JobScan.co (no affiliation with Coursera) to compare your resume to a job description and see how the skills you are listing match up to what’s required for the job.

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