Q&A with Adarsh Srinivas, Springboard Data Science Intensive Alumnus
While working toward his Master’s Degree in Information Systems, Adarsh became passionate about using data to help companies make smarter decisions. He started searching for an intensive, mentor-led program that would help him learn Data Science skills that were not covered in his coursework, with the intention of pursuing a Data Science position after graduation. Springboard seemed like the perfect fit because it offered the kind of one-on-one support that other online programs lacked.
In an interview with SwitchUp, Adarsh talks about what he loves about Data Science, his experience with Springboard, and how the bootcamp prepared him for his new role in Data Analytics at Ernst & Young.
Check out the interview below:
1) Tell us about your background. What was your education and professional experience before joining the Data Science Intensive?
I have a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication. I came to the United States in Fall 2015 to pursue my Masters in Information Systems specializing in Data Science from the University of Maryland. In my Master’s curriculum, I had exposure to statistics using SPSS, database design using SQL, and a bit of R programming. A year into my Master’s degree, I started exploring options to learn data science skills that were not covered in my coursework. I also interned at a tech startup in Los Angeles during Summer 2016 and thought that learning Python would allow me to implement some cool stuff at work. A Python Data Science course was not offered in my Master’s curriculum, so I decided to learn those skills with Springboard.
2) How did you become interested in Data Science?
In the first semester of my Master’s degree, I took a class in Statistics which involved different statistical tests, interpretation of statistical findings and statistics for data analysis. I was so intrigued and interested by how data analysis could be used to help solve business problems. There are large volumes of data everywhere we go, but not many people have the skills to make sense of it all. I became passionate about helping people make smarter decisions by leveraging their data. I developed an interest in finding useful information hidden in the data, and I decided to pursue Data Science as a career.
3) What made you decide to enroll in Springboard’s Data Science Intensive? Why was this program the right choice for you?
When I was exploring Python-related courses, I came across a number of courses offered by Udemy, Coursera, and Edx. I was browsing through Facebook and I came across a Springboard ad in my daily feed. Almost everything I saw on the Springboard website caught my attention and was different than the other options I was considering. I could see the entire curriculum, and just by looking at the website, going through alumni testimonials, and going through reviews, I trusted the program. I ultimately chose Springboard because of the unique opportunity to work with a Data Science Professional (mentor). The fact that Springboard issues a certification also helped, as that was something that I could add on my resume while looking for jobs. Finally, the capstone project was a huge plus, as it enabled me to develop a portfolio, work on a real-world project with an industry professional, and market myself to potential employers.
4) Tell us about your experience in a remote bootcamp. What do you think were the pros and cons of a remote program?
I had tried other online educational websites such as Lynda.com, Edx, Udemy, and Coursera. Though all these courses helped me in a lot of ways, they did not provide me with a “one-stop shop” for everything related to Data Science. Springboard provided me with a Data Science Certification, which I couldn’t find through other online schools. Also, no other program had this style of mentor-led workshops and a capstone project to work on. The amount you can learn when working with a real-world industry professional on a capstone project is incomparable.
My overall experience in a remote bootcamp was very positive. Springboard makes learning very easy through its online software so that it feels like an “in-person” program. The Slack community and the office hours add a human touch and allow you to interact with people to solve problems. The mentor call via video means you get to share your work and get feedback, like at an in-person bootcamp. Because of this, I did not find there to be a lot of the cons that you might find in a typical remote bootcamp.