Jeffrey Hinkle: From Chef to Data Science Curriculum Writer
Jeffrey Hinkle, a Junior Curriculum Writer for Data Science, spent more than two decades in the restaurant industry as a chef before pivoting into tech.
Jeffrey Hinkle, a Junior Curriculum Writer for Data Science, spent more than two decades in the restaurant industry as a chef before pivoting into tech. The driving force behind his life change was the desire to spend more time with his family, and the work/life balance he now has as a Data Science Curriculum Writer allows him to do just that.
Jeffrey shares his journey from Chef to Data Scientist below.
Give me an overview of your experience – where did you start and how did you get where you are today?
I was a professional chef for over 20 years and needed a career that would allow me to spend more time with my wife who is a middle school teacher. I found data science and fell in love with using information to gain insight into real-world problems.
As a result, I attended [Flatiron School’s] Online Data Science Bootcamp. Upon graduation and at the beginning of the pandemic, I began my job search where I was hired as the Data Science Interview Coach.
The role eventually changed into a traditional coaching role and I transitioned to the curriculum team as a Curriculum Developer.
What are some notable projects you’ve worked on?
I migrated a majority of the Data Science curriculum to the canvas platform. I developed a few Python scripts to help to automate some of the processes along the way.
What are you most proud of in your career (so far)?
I am proud to have the opportunity to work for an organization such as Flatiron School.
The instructors’ dedication and hard work helped me succeed in the program and make it possible for me to be where I am today, still learning every day and helping keep the curriculum up to date with what is happening in the industry.
Do you have any advice for current or prospective Data Science students?
Don’t give in to “imposter syndrome,” if you are uncomfortable with something you are doing or working on, you are expanding your knowledge.
Staying in your comfort zone will not allow you to push yourself.
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Posted by Anna Johnson / September 9, 2022
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