Here's the thing - there really is only one thing that a company looking to hire a data scientist cares about: your portfolio.
Hiring managers want to see that you can independently develop machine learning projects from scratch. No number of online certificates can replace that. On your own and without any experience, this can be a daunting challenge. I'm here to help. I've worked with hundreds of students to build machine learning projects from the ground up. Together, we will develop a plan, and ensure you hit all the essential points (and avoid any red-flag weaknesses) to impress hiring managers.
Since 2017, I've worked for online bootcamps that charge >$1800/month for students to meet with me weekly and have access to a set online curriculum. By working privately, I can offer the same weekly meetings coupled with a personalized curriculum for <20% of that rate.
Don't feel ready yet to start tackling an ML project?
I can also help guide you in learning the elements of the data science skill-set such as:
Python and the essential data science libraries: Pandas, Numpy, Sklearn, Matplotlib
The essential statistics data scientists use to test their ideas
How to craft a compelling narrative with your data and ensure non-technical colleagues/executives grasp the key takeaways
How to build, train, and evaluate Machine Learning models for regression, classification, and recommendation
Already a data scientist looking for an outside perspective on a current project? Shoot me an email! I offer an hourly consulting rate.
Learn the skills necessary to land a job
in the competitive field of data science
Accelerate learning with tailored curriculum and projects
Stay focused on goals with guidance and support to make consistent progress.
Acquire expertise in core data science practices: data wrangling, statistical inference, machine learning
Receive valuable guidance in showcasing skills and projects effectively.
I know what it's like to try to break into Data Science
In September 2014, I drove to San Francisco from my home in New Haven, CT to attend a data science bootcamp with dreams of landing a job in the field. Two data science positions later I began teaching data science on the side, and in the past 7 years I've had the pleasure of working with hundreds of students, taking many of them from little or no data science knowledge or coding ability all the way through developing machine learning projects for their portfolios. I find the work to be incredibly rewarding and am excited to share my knowledge with eager learners.
As a data scientist, I specialize in building data products that generate organizational value, as well as using statistics and machine learning techniques to derive insights from data that can be used to inform product and business decisions. I have experience dealing with a wide variety of business problems, and have worked both in the startup world and the Fortune 500. Some of my areas of interest include: Natural Language Processing, Topic Modeling, Recommendation, Data Visualization, Data Communication
Ben is a great mentor with a breadth of knowledge about data science techniques and methods. He helped my during my Data Science bootcamp and gave me guidance when I was unsure about what path I should pursue in my projects and career transition. Ben also gave me a lot of pointers on which data science subjects were high impact and which topics I absolutely needed to know. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for help with Data Science topics.
Now: Data Engineer @ Meta
Was: Software Engineer, Spectrum Photonics
Ben is an incredible mentor to work with. He genuinely wants to see his students grow and succeed, and goes above and beyond to make sure he can help you understand whatever you're working on-- whether it be creating extra time to meet, or providing additional learning materials. Working with Ben was a fun, positive, collaborative learning experience that has helped me develop a strong Data Science foundation. He comes prepared every meeting, offers great insight, and has plethora of ideas to help you create the products or models you envision.
Now: Data Science/Business Intelligence Analyst @ Traffic Tech
Was: Professional Hockey Player, Elmira Enforcers
Ben Bell is a skilled data scientist and a thoughtful mentor. He draws from his comprehensive experience in data science to advise and prompt his mentees to learn while exploring new topics. For me, Ben’s guidance was a key element of my success and enjoyment in learning a new field. He addressed my questions thoroughly during our calls and encouraged me to try different approaches to solve stubborn problems. I found that I looked forward to my mentor calls with Ben, and I often ended calls smiling. When I did struggle with technical or analytical problems Ben was simultaneously empathetic and firm in his encouragement to figure out the solution. I highly recommend Ben Bell as a Data Science mentor
Heather Passmore, PhD
Now: Senior Data Scientist @ GreatSchools.org
Was: Adjunct Professor, Murray University
Ben was my mentor for 8 months while I completed a data science program which covered topics such as python, machine learning, and statistics. He is a fantastic mentor and was invested in my success. Not only did he offer guidance, but he consistently pushed me to go beyond and grow to my fullest. His knowledge around complex data science topics and skills as a teacher are vast and I’d highly recommend Ben to anyone.
Now: Data Engineer @ Upptic
Was: Senior Media Planner, Booyah Advertising
I was fortunate to have Ben as my mentor during the data science bootcamp. Ben's biggest strength as a mentor is his exceptional motivational skills that makes one push beyond boundaries towards superior outcomes. At the same time, he is good at providing both high level perspective as well as microscopic inputs. I wish him the very best!
Amit Kukreja, MBA
Now: Data Science Educator @ Various
Was: Associate Business Unit Leader, Multy Home
Ben mentored me in my efforts to learn the fundamentals of data science over the course of six months (Sep 2020 - March 2021). Under Ben's guidance, I completed two original data science/machine learning projects. His supportive input and constructive criticism significantly contributed to the quality of these projects, and his thoughtful suggestions caused me to expand the scope of my skills. I was able to learn and digest an enormous amount of material under Ben's mentorship and would strongly recommend him as a mentor if you are interested in learning lasting applicable skills in data science and machine learning..
Scott Atkinson, PhD
Now: Data Science Engineer @ Merkle
Was: Visiting Assistant Professor, UC Riverside