How One Student Landed a VP-Level Analytics Role at a Major Bank

Written by Matt Dancho on May 26, 2020



Data Science is the perfect field for those who are naturally curious and aspire to learn continuously throughout their career.


Thanks to Matt and what I’ve learned so far, I was able do do an in-depth analysis of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) data, following his Business Science Process Framework and complete the project using RMarkdown. The polished, finished product impressed the hiring manager so much, he was willing to fast-track an offer.” -Jennifer Cooper, VP Strategic Analytics

Jennifer Cooper has started her new role as a VP of Strategic Analytics at a major bank.

During the interview process, Jennifer found herself in a multiple offer situation before selecting the best offer for her! Congrats Jennifer, we LOVE hearing that!

One of the offers was due to her highly polished RMarkdown she created as a take-home exam. Although the fast-tracked offer was not the job she ultimately took, a multiple offer scenario is the leverage we all dream of!

Jennifer Had Been Trying to Learn Programming Through Other Courses First

“Before discovering Business Science University, I knew I wanted to take R but had already committed to learning Python and signed up for several courses. So I waited, thinking it would be too much to try to learn R at the same time or - worse - that I had to pick one programming language and stick to it.

Boy was I wrong. Talk about a “Wow, I could have had a V8 moment”! Looking back, if I knew then what I know now, I would have taken R first!! Not just any R course, though – Matt Dancho’s Business Science R course(s). Matt’s teaching style, combined with his project-based approach to solving real-world business problems and his genuine interest in his students’ success make his courses a game-changer!

I’ve had some good instructors on different learning platforms, but none have taken the personal interest that Matt has to make sure I get the help and encouragement I need to ensure I can apply the knowledge I’m gaining like him.

For example, when I was concerned about taking R so soon after Python, Matt took the time to get to know me and my career path, providing an in-depth assessment / insights into how I could use R to address financial use cases more efficiently, even sharing his own, similar story. It was eye-opening!”


What Did Jennifer Learn Through Business Science?

“Since then, I’ve taken “DS4B 101-R” and am currently taking “DS4B 201-R”. I’m not going to lie, it has been challenging, particularly with a full-time job, but it has been worth every penny and hour I’ve spent! Recently, I decided I wanted to pursue new job opportunities, that would allow me to continue to grow my analytical skills and allow me to put what I’m learning into practice, and I was asked to do a take home-test in R.

Thanks to Matt and what I’ve learned so far, I was able do an in-depth analysis of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) data, following his Business Science Process Framework and complete the project using RMarkdown.

The polished, finished product impressed the hiring manager so much, he was willing to fast-track an offer. In fact, as luck would have it, I ended up in a multiple-offer situation and have recently started a VP-level analytics role with a major bank.

Matt’s courses have given me the self-confidence and inspiration to take my natural curiosity anywhere I want to go. I feel so blessed that I met him at DataScienceGo in 2018! His support and what he’s taught me have had a major impact on my life! I really look forward to continuing to take other courses in his program!”

Learn to Apply Data Science to Business

The secret to landing a job in data science - SHOW THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE BUSINESS VALUE!!!

This is what I teach - Business-First (Problem Solving) using Data Science.

If you are committed to learning data science for business, then Business Science University will give you the tools, strategies, and processes to unlock financial value for your organization.

The 4-Course R-Track System will help you, just like it helped Jennifer Cooper ace her take home data science interview.

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Thank you for reading Jennifer’s Success Story. I love to share how our students are applying their learning and accelerating their careers.

Matt Dancho
Founder, Business Science
Lead Data Science Instructor, Business Science University