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Hello! Been Learning Python for DS on the side for ~8 months now. Completed top 5% in 3 DS competitions. Should these go on a resume to switch to Data Scientist role within B4/MBB/Industry?

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I had won 1st place in a national cancer institute held competition. Small, not many teams but most teams are hardcore and from prestigious institutions. Not Kaggle, I put it on my resume regardless and it caught lots of attention. Point is you have to create a strong narrative around it

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Yes. Regardless of the standard it demonstrates initiative and passions beyond your day job. That’s gold

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I love entering comps too. I'd say yes add it to your resume for sure, but don't make it the whole focus of your narrative. Real life DS is not the same as comps. When I recruit into D and staff for projects I look for the ability to translate fuzzy client reqs into a quantitative result, the ability to collaborate with others, and client facing skills. I would take a mediocre data scientist with all of those, over an amazing data scientist who couldn't function on real projects.

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Depends on the quality. Are we talking like Kaggle here? If so yes. If you're beating up on idiots, maybe not

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1 Kaggle + 2 AnalyticsVidhya competitions. Thanks for the kind suggestion. I’ll clean up the spaghetti codes for each & put then put it on my github. Will also link it on my resume.

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@OP I think that is a good strategy. I received a job offer from a kaggle competition to run a fairly large DS initiative with effectively no job interviews. Also congrats on killing it on kaggle.

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Yes. I see a lot of resumes from people trying to join out data science team, and dismiss most of them because there's no indication whatsoever that they've done any data science at all.

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Yes

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Where are you now? Include them on the resume.

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Why not. By all means

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Why not? Also prepare good story lines for those listings

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OP what are the key concepts and pandas you focused while building python skills. Also did you have background in DS before. What skills you would recommend to participate in competitions

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What competitions? Kaggle yes. Others maybe. That said I'd be surprised if you got a 3 top 5% kaggle finishes in 8 months of Python on the side unless you have some serious data science skills.

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Yes, good performance on Kaggle will get you in to a lot of DS industry roles.

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