Master Data Science Career Skills for Senior DS Professionals


1 Day

Cohort-based Course

Develop your DS career path in organizations of any size and gain essential skills to excel in interviews and unique challenges

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Course overview

Startup vs Big tech, which side has greener grass for your data science career?

People always say Career Growth is not linear and everyone will encounter their plateau and challenges at some point.

If you've worked as a data scientist at a similar-sized company for several years, or if your career has plateaued without a clear progression path, it might be time to reevaluate your career path. If you feel stuck and uncertain about your next steps, you may have many questions about what and how to change. This course aims to answer some of the fundamental questions that senior data science professionals often face at career crossroads:

Skills Relevance and Development

馃え Are my skills still relevant at a company of a different size?

馃え What skills are most essential for me to develop in order to transition to a company of different sizes?

Career Navigation and Growth

馃え How can I best navigate my career trajectory in my current company if I don't see a near-term promotion?

馃え When I want to transition to a manager position at my current company, how might the preparation differ between big tech and a startup?

Relationship Management

馃え How do I best manage the relationship with my stakeholders and my reports?

馃え How do I coach and grow my reports better?

Interview Preparation and Offer Evaluation

馃え How can I effectively prepare for interviews and showcase my skills and experiences for an interview at a startup vs big tech?

馃え How should I evaluate offers from companies of different sizes?

In this course, you will get all these questions above answered and learn how to evaluate whether to join a large tech company or a small startup based on your unique circumstances. Additionally, you will learn effective strategies for choosing a company, excelling in interviews, and positioning yourself for success in your new role.

I will teach five sessions on Saturday (April 27th) from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm PT, with live workshops to assess your current career path and develop a solid career plan. I will also host personalized Q&As after each class to answer any questions you might have about your data science career. I will host monthly office hours for three months after the course ends to continue assisting you on your data science career development journey, ensuring that the framework/advice you are going to learn from this course is applied properly and addressing any issues you might encounter by applying these frameworks.

Who is this course for


Data science senior ICs evaluating skill gaps and career prospects for smoother transitions and better career progression in new environment


Data science professionals who want to be stand out in their interviews for companies at various stage in today's tough job market


DS managers/senior ICs who are seeking to kickstart their careers, potentially sparking significant career growth and new opportunities

What you鈥檒l get out of this course

Build a comprehensive self-evaluation framework to decide on your career path and which company to join

Using my evaluation framework I used when I made my decision to join Notion. By considering various aspects, you can identify opportunities that align with your skills, goals, and preferences, leading to increased job satisfaction and career growth.

Hands-on template to better prepare interviews from different types of companies

Use the template that helped me secure 6 job offers from 10 interviews during my last job search. Navigate tricky interview questions more effectively based on my personal experience and common errors observed in hundreds of interviews I conducted at both big tech and startup

Develop a solid 90 day plan for you to be successful in the new environment

Successfully transitioning to a new work environment entails leveraging your previous experiences while adapting them to meet the new requirements, which can unlock unexpected growth and new opportunities

Maximize your career growth by making the most of your new environment

By understanding and leveraging the strengths of various work environments, you can broaden your career prospects, potentially making a successful transition into new roles that align with your long term personal/professional interests and goals.

This course includes

7 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

14 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

1 project to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven鈥檚 guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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Meet your instructor

Mengying Li

Mengying Li

Data Science Manager at Notion

With over 6.5 years of experience in big tech giants like Meta and Microsoft, I've successfully built my career as a senior IC and manager. I've conducted over 200 interviews and have developed a keen understanding of how an IC/manager can excel in a big tech environment.

I've taken the lead in panel discussions with Data Angels on data science careers in both big tech and small startups. I've also shared my insights at the Women in Analytics Conference, and explored the subject further in my blog posts through interviews with data scientists at various startups. My contributions to the data science hiring playbook for founders on First Round Capital have been impactful.

Additionally, as a scout for Andreessen Horowitz and a member of f7 Ventures' operator network, I've engaged in numerous conversations with founders, gaining valuable insights into what they look for when hiring early data science professionals.

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Master Data Science Career Skills for Senior DS Professionals

Cohort 1

$450 USD


Apr 27, 2024

Payment Deadline

Apr 27, 2024

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Course schedule

4-6 hours per week
  • Saturday, April 27

    9:00 am - 11:45 am PDT

    12:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT

    4:00 pm - 6:45 pm GMT

    Topic: Key Skill Development, Career Path Evaluation and Interview Preparation

    There will be 30-45 minutes of live Q&A with Mengying after this slot

    Recording will be available, in case you need to drop off earlier

  • Saturday, April 27th

    1:00 pm - 3:45 pm PDT

    4:00 pm - 5:45 pm EDT

    8:00 pm - 10:45 pm GMT

    Topic: Transition Planning, Kickstarting in a New Environment, Relationship Management and Side Hustle

    There will be 30-45 minutes of live Q&A with me after this slot

    Recording will be available, in case you need to drop off earlier

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I can鈥檛 make a live session?
I work full-time, what is the expected time commitment?
Is this course eligible for my department's L&D budget?
If I am a junior data scientist, can I still get value outside of the course?
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Join an upcoming cohort

Master Data Science Career Skills for Senior DS Professionals

Cohort 1

$450 USD


Apr 27, 2024

Payment Deadline

Apr 27, 2024

Bulk purchases

$450 USD

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