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From Medicine Technologist to Data Analyst | How Mandy Sachs Secured Her Data-Driven Career

  • Worked in healthcare as an MRI and Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Wanted a new career that was more flexible and more intellectually-intensive
  • Had zero coding or data science experience
After Dojo:
  • Works as an Analytics Transformation Associate at KPMG U.S. 
  • Has a nationwide network of professional connections
  • Is looking forward to continuing and growing her career in data and analytics
Program: 12-week, Part-Time Data Science Online Bootcamp

Whenever I ran into issues, I could reference the learning platform at any time but was able to schedule time with instructors or meet with TAs during their hours for extra support.

Tell us a little about yourself. Age, hobbies, passions, and what you were doing (professionally) before the bootcamp?

I’m 28 years old and like playing video games, hanging out with my dog, going to the beach and theme parks, as well as singing/listening to music. 

Prior to the bootcamp, I worked in healthcare as an MRI and Nuclear Medicine Technologist. 

Beyond the desire of learning Data Science, why did you decide to enroll in the bootcamp? 

I was looking for a new career path where I would have more flexibility and something more intellectually-intensive, rather than labor-intensive. I also didn’t want to return to a college program financially and time-wise since I was ready to change careers within the year. I wanted an online option and a program that could be flexible while also guided by instructors and support.

What fears or doubts were “holding you back” from enrolling? How did you get over them?

Before enrollment, my most significant hold-up was, “is this the right program for me?” “Will this be able to kickstart new career opportunities?” So, I attended the Open House to get my questions and concerns answered.

What sealed the deal on Coding Dojo? Why did you choose us over other programs?

I decided to take the plunge upon attending the Open House and getting to speak with a member of the instruction team. She was realistic and supportive, which I appreciated, and I knew that I would be able to get what I wanted out of the program.

What was it like getting ready for the bootcamp? Were you nervous, excited, etc.? How did you prepare?

During the pre-bootcamp, I was very intimidated. Although I would consider myself computer savvy, I had zero coding experience before this course. They had a pre-bootcamp section that gave me many resources to get me started on the right foot. I am glad I had a few weeks to work on that material, so I was prepared.

Walk us through your first few weeks in the program. What were the parts you liked? Parts you struggled with? 

That time was a whirlwind; at the start of the program, my mom was in the hospital in critical condition. I felt supported by my fellow students and the staff, who were immediately there to help me. I liked that it was a mixture of self-paced and structured, so I could get things done as I had the time, whether 8am or 1am.  

How did you overcome the obstacles or struggles you faced? 

Whenever I ran into issues, I could reference the learning platform at any time but was able to schedule time with instructors or meet with TAs during their hours for extra support.

Do you have any fun anecdotes to share about your time in the bootcamp? Make good friends? Fond memories? 

Thanks to this program, I graduated with friends from all over the country. I made connections with professionals who helped me get into my first job in data.

When your graduation date was approaching, how did you feel about your skills and job prospects?

I felt very proficient in what I had learned and was ready to apply it to real-world problems. It was intimidating to see “entry-level” positions asking for 3+ years of experience. However, I chose to apply to these positions anyway; I received some interest back despite not fitting the description to a tee.

How did the job hunt go? Where did you land a job?

I hit the ground running, applying for jobs in my new wheelhouse. It took longer than I would have liked, but after five months, I finally was able to start a position in data, thanks to a referral from one of the TAs from the program. I’m now working for a Big 4 Financial company in my field.

Beyond the Data Science expertise, did the bootcamp give you anything else? 

Part of the Coding Dojo model is that there is “strength in struggle” and an emphasis on helping your fellow students. I helped a lot of my cohort-mates throughout the program. It enabled me to work on my patience and my ability to present and explain concepts.

What advice do you have for others who are interested in Data Science bootcamps or who are just starting one?

What you put in is what you get out of this program. Take advantage of as much as you can to set yourself up for success. Also, keep in mind that although this is an educational program, see it as an endless networking opportunity. Be respectful and compassionate, as you never know who may be vital in helping you get on your feet later down the line and could help you get a job.

What are your goals/dreams for the future, say 5 or 10 years from now?

I am taking it day by day, but I want to continue to grow in this new to my industry and continue in data science and analytics.

If you are interested in learning in-demand tech skills and upgrading your career, Coding Dojo bootcamp offers accelerated learning programs that can transform your life. We offer both part-time and full-time online coding courses, as well as programs training you on Data Science, Cybersecurity, and UI/UX Design. We also offer financing options, scholarships, and other tuition assistance programs to help you with financial barriers. 

If you want to invest in yourself and your future, there is no better time than the present! If you’re interested, use this link to schedule a 15-minute exploratory session with one of our Admissions representatives today.