这篇稿子应博主Ju的邀约而写，也发表在我的个人网站上（yaqiongchen.com），主要是总结一下北美博士找咨询工作的经验和教训。我的背景是国内Top2本科，哥大生物专业博士，下个月入职一家咨询公司的New York Office。在求职期间得到了很多的帮助，希望也能尽一份自己的绵薄之力，帮到更多的后来人。
Last February, I defended my PhD thesis and graduated from more than 2 decades of school life. Now, it’s been a full year of post-school life. There are no more exams and curriculum to quantify my GPA. In this post-school life, I start to realize that I have to be the one setting my own goal, designing my own curriculum, and evaluating my progress introspectively. In this post, I am sharing some lessons that I find useful in DIY curriculum.
In the past month, I posted this question to my friends, peers, online tech forum, and got responses from more than 30 data scientists in various industries and different academic background and career path. The responses show a wide spectrum of data scientists’ involvement in production, and reveal some shared concerns about career development among data scientists.
I officially graduated from Columbia last Tuesday after my PhD thesis defense, and started to work full time immediately in the following week. This is the first week of my transition from academia to industry, and I already experience some culture shock in time management and prioritizing. Learning on the job is not only about the technical details, but also about the pattern of thinking.