Students

Advising

Career advising is available to currently declared Data Science majors and Data Science alumni. This type of advising offers support with career exploration and professional development. Students are encouraged to utilize career advising for: resume and interview support, graduate school navigation, strengths based assessment, career competency resources and overall job search strategy and applications.


Meet Your Advisor

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Margaret Zuhlke

Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist

Margaret Zuhlke is the Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. Pronouns are she, her, and hers. Prior to her current role, Margaret was the first academic advisor and staff member for the Halicioglu Data Science Institute. During her time as an academic advisor, Margaret completed a Career Advising Certification through UC San Diego Extension, which led to a national certification as a National Workforce Development Professional. Margaret leverages her understanding of the curriculum to advocate for student career potential within industry while supporting current students and alumni with building career competencies and a confidence in abilities. She is committed to the Institute’s mission of training the next generation of data scientists by supporting the professional development of current students and alumni.

Hours and Instructions

Career Advising Hours:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 pm — 3:30 pm PST
  • Thursday:  9:00 am — 11:30 am PST

To request an appointment:

  • Email dscstudent@ucsd.edu or call 858-534-0198.
  • In your email, please include:
    • PID to verify you are a declared Data Science major or Data Science alumni
    • Preferred Date and Time based on availability indicated on advising calendar on the “Advising” page of the website
    • Alternative Date and Time based on availability indicated on advising calendar  on the “Advising” page of the website
    • Reason for appointment: CAREER ADVISING

Resources

Communication

Public Speaking and Presentation

 

Networking

Elevator Pitch​

LinkedIn

 

Resume and Cover Letter

Resume Review
Resume Advice and Template

Additional Resume Resources​

 

How to Write a Cover Letter

 

Skill Development by Year Level​

Many students struggle with identifying how the skills learned within the classroom translates into skills needed outside of the classroom. Feel free to refer to this resource as a tool to articulate your development on your resume and to employers.

Projects

Public vs Private and the Importance of Personal Projects​

 

Github

 

Creating a Portfolio​

 

Personal Project Resources

Graduate School

Getting Ready for Grad School Series​

The Basics

The Options

The Programs

Industry

Desired Skills​

 

How to Ace the Data Science Interview​
HDSI Alumni Industry Placement​

For reference, below are some of the titles of the roles that HDSI Alumni have attained within industry:

  • Associate Business Analyst
  • Associate Consultant
  • Client Solutions Executive
  • Data Analytics & Data Engineering
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Quality Analyst
  • Data Solutions Analyst
  • Engineer IIII
  • Graduate Data Engineer
  • iOS Developer
  • Software Development Engineer I
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer I
  • Transportation Modeler

Recommended Resources

Events

Summer Opportunities

HDSI Career Advisor, Margaret Zuhlke, partners with the Data Science Student Representatives to discuss how to make the most of your summer – with, or without an internship.

Getting Ready for Grad School

This series is designed to help prepare undergraduate students 1-1 interested in pursuing a graduate education focused on Data Science

The Basics

HDSI Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist, Margaret Zuhlke, will review the graduate school application materials, timeline, and recommended resources to help students conquer the intimidating application process.

The Options

HDSI Career Advisor and Alumni Relations Specialist, Margaret Zuhlke, will review the graduate school application materials, timeline, and recommended resources to help students conquer the intimidating application process.

The Programs

Join us for a collective virtual information session of UC San Diego programs that are aligned with our students’ interests and long term goals. Admissions representatives will provide an overview of each program and we will then use breakout rooms to allow students to connect with representatives for additional information and support.

Ramp Up for Fall 2020 Recruitment

Learn to Use LinkedIn for Virtual Recruitment

Learn about leveraging LinkedIn from the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, and our very own Career Services Advisor and DS3 Data Science Society at UC San Diego, for virtual recruitment and best practices.

How to Ace the Data Science Interview

Learn from our Career Services team and guest speakers about how to ace that data science interview!

Craft an Effective Elevator Pitch

Learn from our Career Services team and guest speakers about how to craft an effective elevator pitch!
 

Open House 2020

The Open House event offered an in-depth look at our undergraduate data science talent and ways to engage with them to those involved in talent acquisition as well hiring managers and leaders considering the addition of data science talent to their organizations.