Get Your Gears Turning
How many engineering disciplines can you name?
UCSB educates students in five key areas: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. However, there are over 50 other engineering disciplines to discover including aerospace, automotive, biochemical, civil, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, manufacturing, nanotechnology, nuclear, petroleum, security, telecommunications, and traffic engineering. All areas overlap with basic engineering knowledge and skills.
Learn how you can pursue your discipline or pivot your UCSB education into the area of your choice through a career path in Engineering + Technology.
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Get Hired: Data Science
For complete information on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and more, review our starter tips to Get Hired in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.
Understanding the Industry
When applying to data science positions, not only is it necessary to know which job family you are interested in and qualified for, it is also necessary to understand the structure of the industry. Getting hired in data science is very similar to getting hired in most engineering and technology fields; when searching for jobs online, search based on keywords used in the specific job family, and utilize not only job titles but also the skills and tools in which you are most competent.
Jason Goodman, Data Scientist at Airbnb, shares Advice on Applying to Data Science Jobs with factors to consider when looking for jobs in data science. He emphasizes the differences between job titles, small versus large companies, and independent as opposed to integrated data teams. He also offers great tips for researching companies and preparing for interviews.
Highlighting Your Skills
Be sure to highlight your data science skills and experiences throughout your resume. List any relevant courses you have taken at UCSB or elsewhere, and provide in-depth detail of relevant projects and experiences, focusing on the processes and outcomes. Visit our Resumes page to see more tips and examples.
Personal Website and Portfolio
Your resume is not the only place where you can highlight your skills and projects. Many individuals create a personal website to use as their portfolio linking to their GitHub, LinkedIn, and various other accounts. Use this tool to elaborate on your projects in manners which you cannot do on your resume. It also allows you to showcase your written communication skills. Overall, a website or portfolio will give the employer insight into how your personality and experience combined create a skilled employee.
When applying to technical roles, we focus on our capability to describe our technical skills, but we forget that we also need to be able to describe our broad skills (such as critical thinking, problem analysis, and communication). Review and practice behavioral questions to prepare for your next interview.
If you are interviewing for a data engineer role or a position that is more technical, review our tips for technical interviews on our Overview of Engineering + Technology page to prepare for specific technical tasks.
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