Jonathan Orr

Data Scientist, Carlisle & Company

From:   Pepperell, MA
Course:   Data Science Career Track
Before Springboard:   Masters Graduate, Mathematics
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Mentor guidance combined with ample resources led to me learn how to apply my mathematical skills. I also learned to code like never before.

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What were you doing before Springboard?

Master's graduate in mathematics.

Why did you choose to learn with Springboard?

It was recommended by a friend.

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It's a great undertaking that will be worth it in the end. Don't burn out, take breaks, and you'll get there.

What was your learning experience like?

Mentor guidance combined with ample resources led to me learn how to apply my mathematical skills. I also learned to code like never before. While I still learn new skills on the job, the foundations were important. Weekly updates to excitedly discuss capstone projects were the bulk of my interactions with my mentor.

What was the most challenging part?

One challenge was the technical interview at the end of the course. But after finding a collection of study tools on the web and developing some of my own study questions, I improved and passed.

What was your capstone project?

As a cycling enthusiast, I decided to tackle the Capital Bikeshare data set available in the UCI Repository. I decided to try to better understand usage statistics and customer segmentation. After doing so, I recommended a strategy for the company to use to advertise to different segments more effectively: https://github.com/JonOrr/Capital_Bikeshare_Capstone

What are you up to now?

I am currently a data scientist at Carlisle & Company, a consulting firm.

What advice do you have for those considering online learning?

I would recommend that people multiply the time they expect the course to take by two. It's a great undertaking that will be worth it in the end. Don't burn out, take breaks, and you'll get there.

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