Richmond Alake Podcast: Nick Singh

Get career and interview insight from a Data Scientist with experience working at Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Startups.

Richmond Alake
2 min readJul 20, 2022

Who is Nick Singh

Nick Singh started his professional career as a data engineering intern at Google. He then took on a software engineering internship role at Microsoft. At Meta(previously Facebook), Nick worked in the growth team, which was responsible for implementing data-driven approaches to growing the Facebook app.

After working at Facebook, he joined a startup that sold alternative datasets to hedge funds and real estate companies. Throughout his career, Nick has been exposed to various data, which has helped him write the book Ace the Data Science Interview.

Why Should You Watch This Episode

As an aspiring data scientist, it is beneficial to read about and learn from the experiences of those who have already made a name for themselves in the field.

  • When looking for a job, understand effective actions that can help you get through the candidate pool. In our discussion, Nick notes that cold emailing is an essential step in finding employment.
  • Obtain a sense of what top data scientists and machine learning experts earn.
  • Recognise the advantages of combining various skill sets to achieve career success. Nick’s diverse background as a musician, DJ, and data scientist gave him an edge in job opportunities.

Nick Singh’s experiences provide valuable insight into what it takes to be successful in data science and what employers are looking for in potential employees. Additionally, his experiences showcase the range of opportunities available to those with data science skills.

By watching this episode, you’ll realise from Nick’s account that you don’t have to build a career focused solely on technical aspects of data science but expand into other skillsets and industries.

Richmond Alake Podcast Guest: Nick Singh

Timestamps and Chapters

If you don’t want to watch the entire podcast, navigate to sections that interest you through the timed link below.

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 3:43 Value of Internships
  • 4:46 Starting over again
  • 5:55 Portfolio Portfolio Portfolio
  • 7:24 Making your work public
  • 8:40 Educational Background
  • 9:54 Masters and PhD in Data Science
  • 11:58 Getting a job today
  • 14:58 The magic of cold emails
  • 18:27 Ace The Data Science Interview
  • 20:05 Combining Skills
  • 23:10 Distributing your resume
  • 26:39 Writing Ace The Data Science Interview
  • 29:09 Social Media
  • 31:00 Advice for aspiring writers
  • 35:50 Salaries in Data/AI-related jobs
  • 37:28 Advice for entry-level practitioners
  • 40:30 Drake and Netflix
  • 41:38 More Advice
  • 44:42 Future plans
  • 45:28 Meeting Kevin Huo
  • 46:30 Parting words

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Richmond Alake

Machine Learning Content Creator with 1M+ views— Computer Vision Engineer. Interested in gaining and sharing knowledge on Technology and Finance