Career Services

Individual Career Advising

The MDS program has a dedicated Career Advisor who is available to assist students individually with their career planning, job search, resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile writing and interview preparation. The Career Advisor also organizes special careers events for students, creates and updates data science-specific career resources, and keeps MDS students notified about upcoming relevant career events on campus. 

Career-Related Workshops

MDS career workshop topics include (more workshops may be added throughout the year):

  • job search and networking skills
  • LinkedIn profile writing
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • behavioural interview skills
  • technical interview skills practice

Employer Information Sessions

Employers provide valuable information about their industry, company, current projects and recruitment processes to our students and/or alumni throughout the year. There are typically two types of information sessions: educational or recruitment focused. Educational talks provide insights for students about working in Data Science in a particular industry. Recruitment focused talks give employers an opportunity to meet our students and/or alumni and find talent for their recruitment needs. 

If you are interested in hosting an employer information session, please connect with us here.

Industry Capstone Projects

Each student in the program participates in an eight-week capstone project, which is a mentored group project based on real data and questions from a partner organization within or outside of the university. Students work in small groups, formulate questions and design and execute a suitable analysis plan. The groups work collaboratively to produce a project report, presentation, and possibly other products, such as a web application. More information on Capstone can be found here.

If you are an employer and would like to participate in a MDS Capstone project, please reach out to use here.

Other Career-Related Resources and Events

The Centre for Student Involvement and Careers: This Centre is a hub that connects students to experiences, resources, and people that will help them achieve their personal and career goals. They coordinate employer information sessions, organize the annual fall UBC Career Days career and graduate schools fair, and oversee the CareersOnline online job and volunteer posting system accessible to all UBC current students and alumni. Visit the UBC Student Services Career page for more information.

The UBC Technical Career Fair: This fair happens annually in late January, and primarily targets Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cognitive Systems and Engineering Physics students. It gives employers the opportunity to interact with ~1,800 students and highlight their available or upcoming full-time new grad, co-op or internship opportunities. It is also a good opportunity for Master of Data Science students to interact with employers and find out more about them. Over 50 companies attended the 2019 Technical Career Fair. For more information, visit the UBC Computer Science Tech Career Fair site.

Meet Our Alumni

Reiko Okamoto

Reiko Okamoto, Research Council Officer at National Research Council Canada

“The MDS program concisely covers a broad range of topics in data science [and] I appreciated how the capstone project guaranteed industry experience.”

Kaitlyn Hobbs

Kaitlyn Hobbs, Data Scientist at Statistics Canada

“UBC MDS Okanagan offers intimate class sizes and specialized professors that motivate participation, networking, and rapid skill development.”

Ravi Gill, MDS Computational Linguistics – Class of 2020

Ravi Gill, Validation Engineer at Intel Corporation

“The program exposed us to most of the big topics in computational linguistics such as sentiment analysis, text classification, or machine translation…I believe many companies would be ecstatic to find talent fresh out of university with these skills.”