How Blogging and Making YouTube Videos Landed Me the Best Job

Manuel Amunategui
Jul 24, 2018 · 4 min read
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I’ve been blogging and making videos about data science for a few years now. When I first started producing, circa 2014, I was surprised by the amount of interest and positive comments they generated. Data science was a bit different back then and hardly any schools offered applied programs around that subject. For those wanting in, the barrier to entry was low but so was the amount of material to get in. That said, today, that barrier is still relatively low, and the industry is still desperate for talent and experience.

Passion Is Great but Proof Is Better

Where You Live Matters, or Does It?

I was too excited about the nascent field of applied data science and machine learning that I couldn’t shut up about it. As my community was mostly online, it came out in the form of blog posts and YouTube videos. Every new thing I learned, I wrote about it and posted it online. Once worried about finding topics, it quickly became apparent that triage was going to be necessary to sort through the waterfall of ideas flowing. Once worried that people would laugh at some of my naive stories, the thanks, and encouragement I received made that point moot. Remember, there will always be people ahead and behind you, and those behind you really appreciate reading about what lies just a few steps ahead.

I did go a little overboard and got into green screens, lights, even a teleprompter. I quickly downgraded back to the core minimum to not waste time on trappings and focus entirely on content.

The Job

From Passion to Thought Leader

And it happened, I started collaborating with a few startups and a special relationship grew with one of them.

In a lot of ways, it played out exactly as I had imagined. I would get my leadership job, a rarity in this neck-of-the-woods. Got the pleasure of getting involved in a small startup and seeing it grow 10-fold. And best of all, I got to cook in the kitchen, along with the founders, without leaving my home turf.

Final Tip

“If you need a CDS, ping me”

CDS stands for ‘Chief Data Scientist’. You need to let the world know what you’re looking for and by using a discreet abbreviation made it feel like a secret handshake.

Please share and clap if you found this helpful — thanks for reading!

Manuel Amunategui

Get it and plenty more at amunategui.github.io and at ViralML.com.

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Manuel Amunategui

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Anything Applied Data Science. Author of Monetizing Machine Learning, amunategui.github.io and ViralML.com. Barcelona. Twitter: @amunategui

Manuel Amunategui

Written by

Anything Applied Data Science. Author of Monetizing Machine Learning, amunategui.github.io and ViralML.com. Barcelona. Twitter: @amunategui

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