Kaplan Professional Blog

Tips for maintaining a positive attitude during your job hunt

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Ashley Purdy, Metis Career Advisor in Chicago. 
Ashley has five years’ experience as an employment professional. She started her career as a technical recruiter and most recently worked at DeVry University as a Career Adviser, supporting the technical programs. Working in both a recruiting and advising capacity, Ashley has a strong understanding of the recruitment process and what employers seek in a quality candidate, especially in the technical industry. Ashley’s excited to be a founding member of the Chicago Metis team and enjoys helping students find their dream job in data science. 

Finding a job can be hard work, especially when you’re transitioning into a new field. If you do your research before jumping into a big task such as a career transition, you’ve […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Data Science

Q&A with Beginner Python & Math for Data Science instructor, Gordon Dri

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Jerod Rubalcava, Metis.
Gordon Dri’s a Data Scientist at Oracle and the co-designer/co-instructor of the Metis live online Beginner Python & Math for Data Science. In this blog post, Gordon is interviewed by Jerod Rubalcava, Executive Director of Professional Development at Metis.

When I created the concept for the live online Beginner Python & Math for Data Science short course, I wanted the focus to be on true beginners. Data science is intimidating, and it can be hard to know where to begin your journey, so that’s exactly why this course was built.
Over the last few years, ‘data scientist’ has been recognised as one of the best and most popular jobs in the market. However, the gap from beginner to professional is large. We need to focus on […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Data Science

Learning data science quickly and effectively

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Metis.
There’s no shortage of debate in the data science community about where to best learn data science. However, there’s little discussion of a topic arguably more important – how to learn data science.
Taking the right approach to learning matters. For all the differences between programs and platforms, the reality is you get out of any educational experience what you put into it. Approaching your data science learning journey with the right mindset and game plan can help you get the most out of your studies, ultimately making you a more effective data scientist in the long run.

So, how should you learn data science? Here are three crucial actions you need to take, no matter what platform, bootcamp, university or educational program you’re learning from.

Three keys for learning […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Data Science

Three ways to improve your data science communication skills

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Lara Kattan, Metis Sr. Data Scientist.

Data scientists are often described as hybrids; part statistician, part computer scientist, part analyst, part strategist. While we focus on the myriad technical skills a data scientist should possess, we often overlook one of the foundational skills (without which the whole structure falls apart) – communication. Being able to build models is all well and good, but if you can’t succinctly express the assumptions, takeaways, and next steps to the rest of the company, then your model isn’t worth the bits it’s made up of.
A talented data scientist working in isolation doesn’t help anyone. Communication’s what turns potential insights into actions that benefit the business. This is why it’s essential for those in technical roles to develop their […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Data Science

Seven keys to success in your data science job

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Metis Sr. Data Scientist Jonathan Balaban.
Over the past decade, I’ve helped more than 100 students, colleagues and friends start new careers and find fulfilling jobs. Seeing alignment in my friends’ professional lives is one of my favourite things. During this timeframe, I started several new roles myself in diverse cities and corporate cultures. I wish I knew these seven insights when starting my career. While not comprehensive, these are simple, yet powerful, ways that can help you make a great first impression and accelerate your professional development.


1.  Get noticed
While I don’t advise ‘coming into your new job like a wrecking ball’, you don’t want to slide in silently either. Remember, you’re not a spy infiltrating a foreign corporation. Your new firm’s investing […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Data Science

How to prepare an effective CFA® study plan

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
The CFA® exam encompasses three separate exams that each cover a lot of material. To be successful, it’s highly recommended you have an effective plan of action to master the concepts and be as ready as possible for exam day. These tips can help you prepare your own study plan.

Start early and be consistent
The CFA Institute recommends 300 hours of study, which is usually the minimum requirement most people need to be successful. In order to dedicate that many hours over six to nine months, you’ll need to put in the time and effort every week. It’s important not to cram everything into the last […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

How to pass the 2021 Level I CFA® program exam: video tutorial

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
If you’re a candidate for the CFA® Program, you need a study plan that will allow you to succeed. In this video, Dr. Doug Van Eaton, CFA discusses the CFA Program Level I curriculum and proven study strategies.

2021 video transcript coming soon. For reference, below is the 2020 transcript.

Hi, I’m Doug Van Eaton. I’ve been a Level I manager for CFA® education at Kaplan Schweser for about 15 years now, teaching CFA for about 20 years, CFA topics, education and teaching finance and economics for, let’s just say much longer than that. So, we’ve got a pretty catchy title for you here, right? How to pass […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

The best way to study for Level I of the CFA® exam

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
While everyone hears about the difficulty of the Level I CFA® exam very few believe it until they experience it for themselves. To pass the exam, you’ll need to achieve at least the minimum passing score (MPS) set by the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute after each exam. The June 2019 Level I pass rate was only 41% and the December 2019 pass rate was only slightly higher at 42%. This means it’s crucial you have a study plan in place and adhere to it.

Former CFA Program students, who are now charterholders, were asked what advice they have for candidates just getting started in […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

Designing a strategy to re-take the CFA® exam

This blog post has been updated and was originally authored by Kaplan Schweser.
When preparing to re-take the CFA® exam at any level, it can be difficult to determine where to start. This guide will help you focus on the areas where you need the most work plus develop a plan for preparing to successfully re-take the CFA exam.

Review your banding
Along with your results notification, if you’ve been unsuccessful, the CFA Institute will have given you a banding. The banding shows your decile in the fail population.
Bands 10, 9 & 8:
Being in the 10th banding means you were a fraction away from passing. Sometimes, being so close is more frustrating than missing a pass by a long shot. On the positive […read more]

Categories : CFA Exam

Staying on track and motivated into the new year and beyond

After a break over the festive season, the new year is often a time when your motivation may feel like it’s at an all-time high. Whether you’re ready to conquer the year ahead or doing your best to prepare, we’ve put together our top advice for staying on track and motivated with your studies into the new year and beyond.
To help get the year off to a flying start, read our best tips below.

Set goals and break them down
The new year is a great opportunity to set goals and determine what you want to accomplish in the future. Goals play a key role in your success, whether they’re short-term or long-term, or you set them daily or monthly. One of the most valuable goal setting methods is ensuring your goals are SMART: specific, […read more]

Categories : Professional Development