Data Science Skills for Today’s Job Market

The biggest myth? Data Science is not for me.

There’s a myth that data science is “not my job,” but actually, in this emerging data-based reality, just about every decision we make should be based on real numbers.

Join us for a discussion about the data scientist within each of us and the opportunities new technology brings to the table with Bineet Sharma, seasoned Silicon Valley technologist and UCSC Silicon Valley Extension instructor; and Karishma Jiandani, people consultant at Cisco.

We will talk about the many different paths into data science and see how, wherever you are in your career and in your industry, you can add value to your resume and expand your career options by learning data science tools that make a difference. There will be Q&A. We hope this discussion helps light up your path.

  • What does data science mean for the job I’m in?
  • Where do my skills fit into the growing demand for people data?
  • What are the emerging data jobs of the future?
  • Can I really do this?

Register to receive the webinar link and to submit questions in advance. You will also receive the webinar recording.


BINEET SHARMA, M.S.C.S., is a seasoned technologist with more than 30 years’ experience in technical architecture, upper level management, professional teaching, and entrepreneurship. He has held a variety of leadership roles in all aspects of the software development life cycle, including CEO of CashonAd, a mobile advertising app platform; and co-founder of OnTick, a technical analysis tool for stock market data positions. He has served as program chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Computer Programming certificate program since 2020.

KARISHMA JIANDANAI, MA, people consultant at Cisco Systems, has worked in human resources at the company since 2016, recruiting talent for engineering, as well as marketing and communications. She earned a master’s degree in commerce and business management from the University of Mumbai.


Job Market Insights is a weekly community discussion providing strategies for professional success in this crazy job market. It is hosted by UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, the professional development arm of UC Santa Cruz.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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