Practice-oriented, job-landing bootcamp. It's hardcore, but we're the friendliest drill sergeants you'll ever meet.
Almost a year ago, I joined the Data Analytics course from Practicum by Yandex, hoping to refresh my skills and learn something new. But it changed everything. I had no technical, analytical background before, but I became confident in Python and SQL within half a year. I also learned new technologies like Looker, Tableau, Google BQ, etc. Practicum was the boost that helped me get into the world of data analytics.
There are thousands of ways to start learning to code. For some people, it’s easier to learn basics with video lessons; for others (like me), it is easier to learn from practical experience. There is the Python.org tutorial, which is helpful in the beginning but has no real-world tasks.
I always felt passionate about analysis; I encountered it often throughout my life. I also wanted to start programming because I was always around people engaged with it. I started learning Python and SQL on different platforms. For me, it was something brand new -- with dozens of scary words like plots, methods, and pandas (I’m not talking about the cute animals here.) I’d tried many different courses and programs to learn Python. My friends recommended Practicum by Yandex, so I gave it a try. This course offered me real-world tasks, help from a support team, reviews, and canvas from the first lesson. It was just what I had been looking for to get into the world of coding. I think the Yandex team makes a lot of effort to keep their courses informative and exciting. And, I must admit -- it works. That’s why I am 100% confident in myself.
The most challenging thing is finding a job, but the Yandex team helps here too! During this course, I attended seminars on making a CV, talking to HR, and presenting myself during an interview. After the course, you’ll undoubtedly gain a new outlook.
Has my life has changed after Practicum by Yandex? Definitely,completely.
We completed lessons on the platform and projects on our own. The projects were reviewed and approved or returned for improvements. Every improvement was worth while and significantly increased the quality of my work.
I went from feeling a bit overwhelmed to feeling excited about the next task.
«How does this work?» became «I know I can do this!»
The program teaches all technical and soft skills needed to junior data analyst:
- Python programming language with libraries like Pandas, Matplotlib, Seaborn, Plotly, etc.
- Jupiter Notebook
- SQL queries and data processing
- Data preprocessing with Python
- Exploratory and statistical data analysis
- Business analytics and A/B test
- Data visualization (graphs and dashboards) with Python libraries and Tableau
- Automation and machine learning basics
As a student, I feel constant support from the Practicum team: community managers, mentor, technical support and from fellow students. You can ask any question in the chat and get needed help pretty fast. Sometimes there could be some time lag because the team can be located in the other part of the world but technical support helps really fast anyway.
I also need to mention the career support program where students can get various help with resume writing, portfolio preparation, attend webinars with technical recruiters and career couches and much more.
Thank you, Practicum by Yandex Team for the great program, for the opportunity to be part of the great community, and opportunity to grow as a professional.
Self-learning is not for everyone, but Practicum provides structured accountability with plenty of support. My journey, though at times long, frustrating and confusing, is easing into a more comfortable uncomfortable. I still have months to go and plenty to learn before I get an entry-level development job, but I'm glad I don't feel as lost as I once did.
I know there'll be frustrating moments ahead and I'll be using a lot of words one should not use. I've learned, though, that strength comes from within.
Every time I've been down, I've been able to pull myself back up. I spent a long time telling myself that others get a handle on programming in a matter of months, while it's taken me years. Now I realize that's not important; all you can do is move forward. And in the Internet Age, it's easier than ever to learn something new, as long as you're willing to try. I constantly remind myself that engaging in destructive conversations with myself, about myself, may lead to embarrassment or resentment. In the «industry» this is referred to as «imposter syndrome», and I will have no part in it!
So, if you're on the same road I am, keep moving forward, it does get better. As for me, I'm still not quite where I want to end up, but I'm inching my way closer to joining the tech community. Stay tuned for my eventual success story.
Some things now look simpler, although other ones look like a whole new world. For instance, now we are learning A/B tests, and there are so many nuances that I will never say that it is just about how to color buttons and split users. Another surprise for me was the fact that you really need math. Frankly, I thought that it was a truism, come on, I know the definitions and the difference between mean, mode and median, and how to call them in Python, isn’t it enough? Unfortunately, nope, it is not enough. The hardest part of each project for me is to write text and give recommendations. But first, I have to read with my own eyes all the tables and graphs, and make decisions. And at this step, you need math more than ever.
I wonder what other surprises are expecting me later on, but, oh, gosh, how I like it!
Of special importance for me, has been the projects. These are very challenging projects that revolve around answering various business questions in a variety of fields. Whenever I work on these projects, I feel like I'm on the job! What's more, these projects get more complex throughout the program but there's always support and guidance from mentors if needed. This has been my highlight of the program as I'm confident now in my coding but more importantly, analytical thinking skills. You really can't go wrong by choosing this program
Considering the fact that my track record of starting numerous courses across various platforms always ended up with me leaving the course mid-way for some reason or the other. (Read laziness and procrastination).
Yandex, was a totally different experience for 3 main reasons:
1) Deadlines: Considering each of the modules have a 2-week deadline attached to it, this sense of urgency actually helped a lazy person like me. However, there are options available in case you miss these deadlines but still having a sword above my head helped;
2) Projects: Besides the regular lessons, there is a project that needs to be done for each sprint, Also at the end of any particular phase an integrated project awaits you that tests in amalgamation all that you have learned across the various sprints. Each of the project is checked and reviewed by tutors with comments to improve;
3) Tutoring and Slack Community: there is a super amazing Slack channel and a very well versed group of professional tutors at your disposal to help you understand concepts and guide you whenever you are stuck.
I can't thank these guys enough! A great experience so far!
The content is really great. Your all questions will be answered within a few hours by instructors in the slack channels. I have never seen such a kind of community support in any earlier online course. I am a Computer Vision nano degree Graduate from Udacity. Practicum is better in terms of helps we get in slack than Udacity.
Every big module has a project which is reviewed by experienced professionals, The review you get really helps to learn better. It was really helpful to me. All the projects and modules need to be completed within the timeline which helps you to make daily learning habits. It has more than 15 projects for Data Scientists track which is the best part.
Online biweekly webinars are learning with fun, The instructor was a former data scientist. He always shares tips and tricks from his experience.
This Bootcamp was a complete package that you don't want to miss, one of the best learning experience.
This year due to Coronavirus I decided to accept the invitation form Women Who Code to become a beta-tester of the Practicum by Yandex platform and I joined the Web Developer Professional Certificate Program.
The program is an amazing experience in which you will learn at a high rate and have the opportunity to put your skills to the test with sprints and projects bi-weekly.
Overall, the experience is pretty tough, yet incredibly valuable. The Practicum curriculum is significantly more advanced and up to date than many other bootcamps.
The strong curriculum is specially designed that after quality curated theoretical lectures is dropping you right into a code base challenge and having you figure out what is needed to be done to find solutions which accurately mimics the real world experience. The Sprints also provide space for students to work on projects independently and as small groups.
The curriculum is geared to make you build your portfolio of 15 projects by following the original mockup design files and add functionality as per instructions received for each project. You will collaborate through GitHub using a professional developer's workflow that will help you in your Developer job.
The Program is 10 months long and the review process and the projects activities gives you the real world work environment and prepare you to be ready to join any Company’s Developer team at any time. The Sprints are build having in mind the job ready Developers.
The mentors, community managers and support staff are top notch and care greatly about student advancement and, ultimately, success. The program provides also great alumni network with an active Slack.
I don’t have enough words to recommend Practicum by Yandex Curriculum, join today and you will be definitely happy with your choice! Give it a try!
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