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Often candidates for entry level data science positions find that they need to differentiate themselves is by having domain knowledge. Very rarely are employers looking to employ an entry level data science graduate for solving a general or a company wide problem. Most of the times employers are looking to solve a reasonably narrow set of issues or are looking for experience in a particular domain. While domain knowledge is not a substitute for experience, it can help a candidate gain extra skills or working with domain specific software tools. Understanding the nuances of the field and the requirements differentiates a candidate from other candidates with generalized data science knowledge and skill sets. The reason for is that companies hire data analysts or data scientist with prior experience with their “particular problem” and rarely hire all round generalist data science candidates.

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Data Science is a brand new major that has evolved for the last four years. In response to the extreme interest generated by teach jobs,cColleges are rushing to offer students a major, minor, certificate in data science. Before you sign up for a program in data science and part with hard earned cash and your valuable time, it is important for you to look under the hood to see if you will have the relevant skills to justify pursuing the major. Understanding the academic aspects of a data science major is critical in gaining insight into your employment prospects or doing academic research in one of the data science tracks.

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Data Science is the new buzzword, a red hot career moniker and seems to be mushrooming everywhere - across career sites and social media platforms. Every job search site is filled with hundreds of listings for data scientists, data analysts, machine learning engineers etc. There are thousands of questions posted across Quora, Reddit and other platforms asking for advice about how to become a data scientist. Many bootcamps advertise 2-6 month programs to becoming a data scientist. Colleges are responding to the interest by offering bachelors and masters programs in data science. This post is for high school and college students looking for an introduction to the data science ecosystem.

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Freelancing is a great way to get into journalism. However, it does take a lot of hustle, determination, luck and knowledge of the landscape to freelance and get your article, photo or video published by an established publication. In this post we are going to describe some of the ways to freelance and offer tips that may help you as you begin your freelance journey.

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Love writing? Enjoy talking to people and presenting their stories? Passionate about a particular topic and telling everyone about it? Dedicated to uncovering new stories about the world around you? Journalism may be the right career for you. Journalist occupy a very special place in our lives and society. Every day we read articles written by journalists in both digital and print media. We consume podcasts, videos, photos published by journalists. We learn more about countries, politics, law, economy, sports, fashion, opinions and more through the journalist writings, photos, videos.

Majors and Careers 101: Public Health and Related Majors

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of and the interest in public health related careers. The question that many students face is what does a career in public health entail and what should a student study in college to prepare for a career in public health. We’ll go through some of the majors and possible careers in public health in this post.

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Nestled in the Adirondacks foothills, Clarkson Universityis a small private college located in Potsdam, New York which is also home to SUNY Potsdam. Potsdam is a small college town located in upstate New York close to the US-Canada border, and can be reached via a short flight from New York City. By road, Potsdam is a 6 hour drive from New York City, a 2.5 hour drive from Syracuse and a 2 hour journey from Ottowa and Montreal in Canada. Potsdam’s location is ideal for those who love the outdoors and activities such as hiking or mountain biking.

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Situated in Eugene, OR close to interstate I-5. University of Oregon (UO) is the flagship public university of Oregon. UO is reasonably easy to get to: Visitors can choose to fly into Eugene or drive 2 hours south from Portland on I-5. Eugene is a medium sized city in southern Oregon and is located at the southern end of the Willamette valley. The Willamette river flows through Eugene and McKenzie river borders the northern and eastern edge of Eugene. Students at UO can enjoy both an urban life in Eugene and at the same time partake of the outdoorsy life and sports around Eugene.

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A question that most high school families have been pondering as the world grapples with the COVID-19 or the coronavirus, is, how are college applications going to change and the effect on the students and their families. One of the biggest questions that families will face is paying for college and financial aid.