Coding Bootcamp to Now

In September, I presented a Capstone project — a data science presentation on a Jupyter Notebook (using python) outlining which factors account for the highest salary increases for an NBA player. This project was meant to showcase everything I learned in the intensive 12-week coding bootcamp. Using machine learning; more specifically linear regressions, decision trees, and random forest testing — the answer was 2 point shots attempted, and field goal percentage. I got to present these findings to business leaders in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Presenting to the likes of the VP of Data Science at EY, and the Director of Data Analysis at Bell Canada, I had an incredible experience. I want to thank BrainStation for the wicked Demo Day.

Passing that project, and eventually the course — I was presented a Management Consulting role in the company I work for now, CastleBranch. This was both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. It was exciting for the awesome new opportunity that presented itself to me through hard work and dedication. However, it was equally as nerve-racking due to the Visa and boarder crossing process (CastleBranch is located in North Carolina), and I was getting into a slightly ambiguous role in a mature company (22 years old, 450 employees).

The following step was to get on the line with the company’s attorney's about my Visa process. During this call, they ran me through what my day to day job description was (now that past ambiguity left, and excitement set in). Afterwards, they told me what to say, and more specifically not to say to border security. 45 minutes and a mock interview later, they deemed me ready to cross… with an emphasis on my Visa being particularly tough to grant, (3 year TN eligibility) stating that I had a 50/50 chance of acceptance or denial.

3 weeks later, sweaty palms and all, I found myself at the Halifax International Airport — staring at the border officer getting ready to chat. It was at this moment that my previous year of travel really aided my mindset. Going around the world for my Global Ambassador role gave me the experience to settle my mind, be compassionate, and not think too sporadically. Another 45 minute interview proceeded, this time with 2 border agents. After some blank stares and intricate questioning, they eventually stamped my passport and granted me access to work in the USA for 3 years… yippee!

Now, I’m excited to grow in my role here at CastleBranch. Being able to communicate and collaborate with the founder of the company, and all their executive staff is a surreal opportunity. I plan to sponge up all the information I’m told, and hopefully aid them in some business processes along the way. Getting a first hand view into each different sector of the business (currently in sales) is incredible experience and will undoubtedly aid me tenfold for my future entrepreneurial endeavours.

Brett's tekMountain gathering this past week