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Lindsey Zuloaga

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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in Utah.
It wasn’t until college that I became interested in math and science—I got my undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Utah.
After doing undergraduate research, I decided to go to graduate school and pursue my master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied physics.
After graduating, I went to Munich, Germany, to work as a postdoctoral researcher.
I eventually decided to transition into the business world because academia is competitive and my heart wasn’t fully in it.
I initially struggled to find a job—my Ph.D. made me overqualified in a way, but my lack of professional experience made it challenging.
Cultivating my networking skills made the difference for me and I was able to find a job in industry.
After starting out as a data scientist, I now work as the director of data science for HireVue, which builds products to help make the hiring process more efficient.
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Career

Director of Data Science

My team builds algorithms to make the hiring process more efficient and fair.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Science
Helping People

Day to Day

I sit between very technical and non-technical people. A lot of my time is spent understanding the technical details of what my team is doing and communicating the important parts to the rest of the business to make big-picture decisions on how we spend our time and what products we want to build.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication and people skills have been very important. This had no place in my degree, but having both hard and soft skills is hugely important in my job.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Network! It sounds icky if networking isn't one of your strong suits, but I very much underestimated the power of human connections in getting opportunities. Try your best to connect with people, go to talks or meetups, ask people in the field you are interested in if they can give you 10-15 minutes of their time to chat, etc.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You aren't smart enough."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Work Stress

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At Your Fingertips

At Your Fingertips

Computer Science Roadtrip