Source: Metis | March 18, 2019
Author: Emily Wilson
For any number of reasons, individuals apply and enroll in our Data Science Bootcamp with a desire to either kick-start a new career or move onto a new career path. For Emy Parparita, the latter applied in a big way. Coming into the bootcamp, he had more than 20 years of experience working as a senior-level software engineer for companies like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America.
During that time, the emergence and growth of machine learning piqued Parparita’s interest. At the root, he wanted to know how it worked, so he took a few online courses to find out. With time, the interest developed into a passion, and he decided on a career shift toward machine learning.
“I needed guidance and a more structured and disciplined framework, preferably surrounded by like-minded people,” he said in a recent interview. “A bootcamp fitted perfectly my goal of bootstrapping a new career by providing such an environment to acquire basic knowledge in a reasonable time frame.”
As a bootcamp student, he built a portfolio of projects ranging from predicting movie ratings on Rotten Tomatoes to exploring ways to counter adversarial attacks against image classifiers. He also completed a project on Detecting Duplicate Quora Questions, which ties directly into his current role at Quora, though at the time, he had no way of knowing it would.
“It was purely coincidental,” he said. “While I was at Metis, I had no specific company in mind to apply to.”