I'll start by getting to the point: What should I emphasize/de-emphasize in this background as I move into the data science job search?
[This started as a comment to a post by Paula Santamaría, then morphed into a post in its own right.]
I'm sure my background will make my work unique. (Currently I'm studying data science). I just hope that background, which is eclectic, will prove useful in my new career.
I got a degree in chemistry because I like to solve problems and ask how things work. During that degree I published a real deal scientific paper with a physics professor.
I also got a degree in music because I love music and, perhaps equally important, I like performing.
I started a PhD program in chemistry to decode photosynthesis, solve renewable energy, and save the world. I ended up leaving with a master's degree, my tail tucked between my legs, and my health (mostly) intact.
After that, well after taking time to heal up, I tried a few different jobs: tutor, uber driver, freelance writer, Nothing stuck.
But then I heard from a former grad school colleage who had done a coding camp and was now happily employed. I remembered that I had enjoyed the little bit of programming I did in grad school. It was perhaps the best part of a difficult time. So that got me thinking tech bootcamps. Furthermore, some combination of hype and genuine interest in programming and asking precise questions led me to data science.
To put it another way, I was still into science but I was sick of chemistry, and I liked programming. Data science just seemed to make sense.
Since then, I've been self-studying programming and data science as well as taking a beginner data science course online with Metis, and working towards a computer science certificate, also online, from Loyola.
In January I will start the in person Metis Data Science Bootcamp, a 12-week intensive program with a project-centered curriculum and excellent career support.
When I look at that background I see some strengths and some weaknesses. My question is: which things will be valuable to focus on, on which things are better left unsaid?