OUR MISSION

We help data scientists get jobs

We want to fix the broken system created by today’s education and recruiting systems—it really shouldn’t be so difficult to have a career that you love. That’s why we started DSDJ: we think you deserve career training that actually works and gets results fast without breaking the bank.

So abandon Reddit, stop sifting through 10,000 Google results and throw out that student loan application: the Data Science Dream Job program is the absolute best and most comprehensive job search resource out there for aspiring data scientists.


Meet our dream team—

FOUNDER & CEO

Kyle McKiou

When I started in data science,  I had virtually no experience and I was stuck in a small college town working as a software engineer with no career prospects. I struggled to break into the field for months and was just as frustrated as anybody else. I was rejected over and over again and told that I would never get hired as a data scientist because I didn't have the “right experience”. With a lot of hard work, persistence, and experimentation, I was finally able to prove those people wrong, crack the code, and land my first job in the field.

I perfected my data science job search strategies over time and eventually became Sr Director of Data Science at one of the world’s largest privately held marketing agencies. Along the way I interviewed hundreds of data science candidates and hired 30+ data scientists across all levels.

Once I made the transition into data science, I knew I had to share my system to help others start do the same. It became my mission to help others succeed where I struggled. With both job seeker and hiring manager perspectives in mind, I worked tirelessly to distill my years of job search knowledge into the battle-tested DSDJ system. And since its inception in late 2017, DSDJ has helped aspiring data scientists get jobs at Microsoft, Amazon, Verizon, BCG Gamma, Allstate, LinkedIn and others.

I believe that it shouldn't be so difficult for hardworking, dedicated people like you to find a job that you love, and that's why I started DSDJ - so that you don't have to go through months or years of heartache like I did so that you can have an exciting, fulfilling career and live the life you’ve been dreaming of.

  • DS Superpower: Strategic thinking and relentless execution
  • Favorite Algorithm: Random Forest - I’ve used it in almost every industry to solve almost every problem
  • #1 Favorite Book: Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
  • Motivated By: Empowering others to be masters of their own destinies
  • When not working you are: Reading!
  • Favorite Dragon Ball Z character: Vegeta - always the hardest working guy in the room (he'd totally be the strongest in real life!)
LEAD DATA SCIENCE MENTOR

Harpreet Sahota

I was born and raised in South Sacramento, California. I’m a product of one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the world, and I couldn’t be more proud of the cultural legacy that I come from.

When my data science dream job search got started I was steadily just getting rejected - it seemed like nothing I could do would ever get me respected. Most days I was stressed and sometimes I felt so pathetic - I had all the pieces to the puzzle, just no way to connect it. I was fighting through every concept, tightening up every line of code, and never resting to question if I was out of my mind. It finally came time to do it or let it die, so I put the chips on the table and told Kyle to sign me up - now I’m here, helping students along the journey and sharing my experiences in hopes of inspiring and motivating our students.

  • DS Superpower: Helping people make better decisions.
  • Favorite Algorithm: HDBSCAN and Random Forest
  • #1 Favorite Book: It’s hard to pick a favorite book - but I can honestly say the one book that changed my life was The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I can’t articulate the number of ways this book as affected me, the way I think, and who I am now (even if it’s only been a year since I read it).

    My favorite fiction books include The Alchemist by Paolo Cohelo and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. We should all aspire to more like Santiago and the Seagull.
  • Motivated ByI really enjoy working on vague problem statements and nebulous questions. I’m talking about those problems where there is no clear-cut path forward, where there is no right or wrong answer. I’m talking about those questions where you’re trying to find an accurate representation of some observed phenomenon - and you’re doing it with data.

    There’s more than one way to solve a problem, and I make sure I don’t fall in love with one particular solution - which means I’m always trying to find problems with my possible answer. There’s a certain joy I feel while mentally wrestling with the seemingly infinite paths towards the best possible solution - and that's what motivates me, the joy of doing data science.
  • When not working you are: I am a lifelong student and always striving to improve who I am as learn and grow as a human being - and this in itself is a full-time job with no time off. When I’m not at the office you can find me at home reading a book, listening to music and reflecting, or wandering around my city looking for news experiences whether its eating at amazing local restaurants, drinking local craft beer, or on a walking tour learning about the history of things.
  • Favorite movie character: Marty McFly from Back to the Future 
DATA SCIENCE MENTOR

Chris Cochet

I never excelled at math or other technical subjects at school but when I discovered software engineering in my early 20s I found that I could spend hours in front of a computer and code trying to make a program work. I naturally started my career as software engineer working on telecom platforms at HP and coding in C/C++. After going back to business school, I transitioned into the world of consulting where I learned how industry operates and developed crucial business skills like stakeholder engagement. Over time I became more and more interested in building data science skills but never found enough time to make real progress so I decided to quit work and upskill for a few months.

That’s when I came across Kyle and DSDJ - the spirit and approach of the program really resonated with me, in particular: be consistent, keep learning by doing, iterate, don’t be a perfectionist and never give up. I was one of the first DSDJ students and leveraged what I learned to land a job in the field!

And now I get to be a part of this awesome team. I’m having a blast helping the students, giving back to the community as well as continuing to learn and improve.

  • DS Superpower: I’m a “purple people” (purple because it is a mix of red and blue where “red” is technology and “blue” is business). I truly love to bridge business with data science and make a real impact on the organization’s bottom line
  • Favorite Algorithm: Deep Q Reinforcement Learning: I have no doubt that one day we will have drones flying on Mars autonomously thanks to such algorithms. It is true machine learning
  • #1 Favorite Book: The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
  • Motivated By: Constant improvement. I strive to the best I possibly can be so I can make lasting, positive impacts in domains like healthcare
  • When not working you are: Cooking, hiking, watching e-sports professional gaming on Twitch
  • Favorite movie character: Jack Ryan from Tom Clancy’s books 🚁
DATA SCIENCE MENTOR

Jean-Sebastien Provost

I have always been interested in understanding human behavior, and in fact, for numerous years I was a neuroscientist working in academia. I used neuro-imaging data to study the way we behave when faced with different cognitive tasks. Then I got introduced to data science via colleagues working in industry. I got excited because I realized there were so many ways to study human behavior outside of academia - ranging from customer satisfaction to interest following marketing campaigns. At that point, I had almost no knowledge of data science tools. So little by little, I learned coding, machine learning, and most importantly how you can use data science tools to answer practical business questions. 

I learned all of these skills on my free time and I got overwhelmed by the amount of things that I needed to do. That’s when I came across Kyle’s post on LinkedIn in which he was looking for driven students to start the first cohort of Data Science Dream Job! DSDJ provided me with a strong framework to learn everything in a structured way and with the proper tools to successfully get through job interviews - and now I'm a data scientist at the National Bank of Canada.

Now, I feel honored to give back to the community by being part of the DSDJ team. I can’t wait to help, teach, and support students in their journey of becoming data scientists.

  • DS Superpower: Capturing the crucial information when someone is exposing a problem
  • Favorite Algorithm: Random forest: It is fast, efficient, and generally gives great results while telling you more about your features
  • #1 Favorite Book: It's hard to pick only one, but I have to say it's the one that started it all: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  • Motivated By: Giving others the tools necessary to enjoy their own version of success
  • When not working you are: Seeking new experiences either by learning something new, reading a great book, traveling to a new area, discovering a new restaurant, or hiking. Everything is right there for us to take advantage of it, we just need to grab the opportunity and never look back
  • Favorite Movie character: Jason Bourne from The Bourne Identity 👊
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

Christie Klinger

After 4 years studying biology in college and 3 long years of grinding through grad school, I finally earned a M.S. degree in evolutionary genomics. But there was one problem: I realized I was chasing someone else’s dream and didn’t actually want to do science. I decided I had to change my situation—and Kyle was eager to help.

Following many of the exact job search tactics outlined in the DSDJ program back in 2015, Kyle helped me break into graphic design and land my first job at a creative agency near Chicago without a design degree. And negotiate a $10,000 salary increase with a performance-based promotion after 6 months. But more than that, Kyle helped me start doing work that I truly loved (I can go +12-hours and not even realize it!).

Nothing is worse than realizing that the life you’ve chosen is actually making you miserable. That’s why I’m so excited to be able to help others change their circumstances and start their dream careers! Leveraging all of my unique experiences as a researcher, teaching assistant, and professional designer, it is my number one goal to help DSDJ students learn better and faster and get the attention they deserve from hiring managers.

  • Superpower: Transforming vision into reality
  • Favorite Algorithm: Christie’s Perfect French Press Coffee Algorithm
  • Favorite BooksEinstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman & Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  • Motivated By: beautiful design and storytelling that changes lives and inspires others to dream bigger
  • When not working you are: Making retro-neon tiger artwork on Instagram
  • Favorite Dragon Ball Z character: Teen Trunks! I loved all the mystery behind his character—he’s the epitome of cool. 😎⚔️

And these are our core values that we live by everyday—

Core Values

  1. Dream big, work hard + never give up
  2. Customers come first
  3. Cultivate community
  4. Inspire and teach
  5. Focus
  6. Be honest
  7. Simplify
  8. Choose positivity
  9. Grow and improve indefinitely
  10. Be open-minded
  11. Feedback is our fuel
  12. Iteration over perfection
  13. Do the right thing
  14. Have fun and celebrate wins
  15. Invest in the future
  16. Teamwork makes the dream work

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