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So I’m in the data management integration and interoperability department which is part of the data and human centered solutions. I’m the department head for that department and we have 60 people in my department. 300 people in the entire tech center. We have 11 different tech centers. MITRE is a company that manages FFRDCs which sounds like a mouthful and you probably never heard of those but they are federally funded research and development centers and we work in the public interest. Our tagline is solutions for a safer world and we are currently working on the COVID crisis with everyone else but it’s a very satisfying place to work. There’s lots of hard problems that get thrown at us. We are not we are not for profit so we don’t really do business development or anything like that. 20% of our profits go, or the revenue, not profits, go into research so if you like to do research we’re an excellent place for that. I’m also the chair of the accessibility council and I think it’s something that makes MITRE unique is we have a number of employee resource groups and we have a Pride council, a Women’s Council, a Veterans Council, a Multi-Gen Council, etc and they’re all employee run and they always have VP or somebody involved as their champion and so we take diversity very seriously at MITRE and diversity of thought, diversity of age, diversity of cultural backgrounds, you know, so we feel like diversity brings us better solutions. We make better products, make better suggestions for, you know, all of the citizens of the country if we work together with a variety of people so I think that’s important for you to know and it also why we’ve been voted like the best company, top 100 company to work for by Forbes, in the last ten years, for the last ten years running. We also were in the top 10% for the diversity equality index survey last year and it looks like we’re on track to do that again this year so I’m very proud of that. We always look to improve but we want to make sure that people know that MITRE is a welcoming place to work and you know we hope that you’ll consider us in the future but today we were going to talk a little bit about the Evidence Act so and the work that we do with CDOs. I may touch on why it’s important to do data management before you do data analytics because you know I’ve seen stats that say 80% of a data scientist time is spent on data prep and so smarter data management will help you with that and reduce that time and that’s what my my department you know does that kind of work. I don’t know if any of you have ever heard of the DMVOK it’s the DMV OK but it’s the data management body of knowledge just like in project management where you have the PMVOK or they you know yeah yeah that’s what it’s called we have the same thing so if you’re interested in data management you should definitely look that up it’s by an organization called DAMA and so but data management is fundamental and the government caught on to that and so which is good very good news because it’s been around for a while the need to manage your data but the Evidence Act is actually called the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act. It came out in late 2018. One of the things that it did and you can find out about this Policy Act by going to you can also get open data sets at and you should know that I’m sure that your professors taught you that about you know how all of them and we do classes on this too so we’re going to be making some of those classes more available to the public in the future because what we found is there aren’t enough people that know data management coming out of college and so we developed courses and we’re in the process of getting them out to universities well we’re teaching our own people first but eventually they will make their way out to universities but back to the Evidence Act the one of the things that it did and the Evidence Act was you know the main theme is you need to treat data as a strategic asset and every agency must have a chief data officer and you know why would you do that well because

you know data obviously is lifeblood of any organization and getting things done if you don’t have good data and you don’t have good answers and so getting coordinated creating governance boards you know working and really using data to come up with you know answers to questions so that we can all be sure that we we can defend you know what we just make our decisions defensible decisions so one of the things that we’ve been doing wit h chief data officer is and i’m sorry we don’t have slides for you we do have a book out if you ever want to look at the book it’s called modern data strategy and it has all of this information in it we also have a new book that’s coming out today well not today it came out recently like a week or so ago it’s by bonnie o’neill and it’s about data catalogs and it oversees all the different types of catalog systems that are out there and the benefits of each one so that if you were a manager and you needed to know you know I’m gonna make a purchase or I’m gonna do some considerations around data catalogs this that book will help you so one of the things in the Evidence Act was that every agency also needs to manage their assets they need to catalog and create an inventory for those assets and so that’s why there’s a big growth in in data catalogs these days but the data catalog should be a place where you can go to get information about we know data sets that will be used to for the work that you’re going to do so if I had a question and perhaps I want to know where is the personally identifiable information in my organization today which systems contain you know people places names and you know Social Security numbers etc my data catalog should help me find the answer to that question oh so there’s a number of things that are going on with chief data officer’s what one of the things that is routine and for them is to do a date of maturity model assessment and so we do that um we work with many i can’t say which but many of the CDO is across federal agencies at the top of the agency on down currently working with components of those agencies as well so that we get to work at the headquarters level as well as the element level and that makes a good synergy for understanding you know how will this really work what’s the ecosystem that we can create here and then after we do that we rinse and repeat and do it for another agency so we’re currently doing things in DoD and things in the intelligence community and things in the civil you know community civil agencies so we’re everywhere which is good because we’re harmless and we do good work but what how do you guys fit in I want to like tailor this to you because you’re probably wondering well that’s all well and great that you know agencies are mandated by law to get their act together with data and there’s also huge interest in analytics and there has been for years but where you would fit in is you know if you were learning how to do things the reason I brought up the maturity model is maybe you would be one of the people that would go out and interview the the staff in the in the data information governance departments and you would you know understand a baseline you know are the implementing data quality do they have a catalog do they have data stewards what kinds of things you know do they have in place and we have interview questions already we have all sorts of information that we can teach you and I think that we are one of the leading companies in data management we don’t see and which you know and we’re very forthcoming with our information and our sharing and we do a lot of public/private partnerships and we work with industry we work with government so so as the person who is learned analytics and if you wanted to learn how to do data management it’s a there’s a number of resources at your disposal that we would you would come into our company and we would you know teach you how to do data management and you have access to all these different government hard problems which which is good to have other things that we do with the chief data officer is besides the maturity model after you finish that you would go on to looking at metrics you’re working with Navy at the moment to say okay we want to improve literacy the understanding data literacy across all of the components so what do we need to do to to do that and how would we measure success of that so we’re working with them to and the way that you would

work with them is they you have a convening Council with all the different sub components they get together you talk about the issues we come up with a game plan and we move forward from there so you know metrics for data quality metrics for learning all of those things but you know analytics plays a big part in that as well and so you all could be very helpful to us I see the time it’s a just a time check here I want to be cognizant of people’s time so we can also have time for questions but that’s I just want to make you aware of the Evidence Act and the learning agenda another learning agenda but the there is a learning agenda but you don’t need to know about that right now but what you should know about is that it covers all kinds of data so if you’re into geospatial data after the Evidence Act got put into place they also come out with the data federally the strategy MITRE helped provide input into the federal data strategy and after the data strategy came the action plan we also provided input action plan so there’s a 21-point actions that need to take place and you should look at those but I’ll tell you what some of them are identified data needs to answer priority agency questions you could totally help with that right that’s a big deal right and every agency is supposed to do that action to is constitute a diverse data governance body as some of the things that we do right pull people together we don’t sell anything right here you know just to help them work through it companies that are consulting companies like you know you have Booz on later and you know Deloitte etc and all those guys and Lockheed they move out on the implementation and operations and you know the building of the things MITRE would be more of a company that would go in work with the government as a trusted adviser create the requirements and then prototype something maybe pull in some of our research if that was needed and then spec it out and then it gets put out for bid and a regular contracting company consulting firm would go in there and they would bid on it and then they build it and operate it and a lot of people don’t know how that works and so I just want to make sure that you did so action 3 is assess data and related infrastructure maturity so that’s like the maturity models that I was just discussing and there’s a few of them there’s a federal one there’s some CMMI there’s one that we made so without taking up too much more time I’ll open it up for questions and then if and if you want I can tell you all 20 of the action items but it is on the website if you just go to you’ll see all those actions and if you go to DAMA you’ll find the DMVOK so you understand data management better but I would love to hear from you as to like how much data management did you learn in school is our idea that we’re not seeing a lot of that coming out of college correct you know I’m happy to be corrected because that would be good news for me okay here comes one: are there good places for online courses on data management? Yeah well there aren’t there should be I’ll say there there’s CDO courses I know that George Mason has a CDO certificate program and most of that is online it doesn’t cover data management and that’s why we’re working with them to add that in we’re happy to work with American University as well they have a similar program we haven’t to date worked on that but you know no but that’s a good question and I will ask my team to go see if they see that there are places that do data management well well so if I were to go look up that answer myself right now I would look at MIT because Charles Wang has a CEO program that I’ve also been a part of and he runs that out of MIT but also at the University of Arkansas I believe it is and so and then there are a number of universities to have pretty UVA is a pretty good data management you know and you know premise but it’s not a data management program and it’s not online so and again a you I’m sorry we’re gonna have to talk data management in the future I’m sure you you probably have lots of good bones there but I’m just unfamiliar In terms of job application and resume materials, what kinds of skills or keywords are you

looking for in terms of data management right so I’m looking for data management in there the intern that I hired I went to Grace Hopper conference and I interviewed a lot of people there Grace Hopper and some of the search terms that I used in the resumes we’re like data management because not very many people had it but this one intern had done a little work for Deloitte and had worked for some of the same customers that MITRE has and so and she already had a security clearance so that was great that was perfect but we also you know we’ll look for data data analytics data maturity data visualization you know look in the DM Bach and and look at those different categories because there’s a lot of them and depending on what we’re hiring for they’ll be analogous to those keywords in the data management body of knowledge I’ll take I think will be fairly quick is their data management later there is but it’s for employees we have an enterprise data management 101 course that we’ve run for a few years we are currently writing finishing up writing a chief data officer course which we are giving to our employees and then we are going to move it those courses out into the public domain so that universities and and other people can use them because we feel like we are the leading experts in data management but we just nobody knows it because we don’t publish it out aside from the book that we wrote which is called modern data strategy so no not yet but it’s coming great thank you so much Betsy thank you very much and happy to be here you guys have a great day stay safe Thanks Michael Jones hello everybody how are you so welcome to well thanks for having first and foremost I’m just gonna give an overview about Xometry I tell you a little bit about our company and then I can answer any questions that you have so Xometry we were created back in 2014 so we are still considered a technology startup in the manufacturing space so what we had found there were multiple companies manufacturing shops around the world or specifically around the United States who were having slow time very long taking times to manufacture parts so what what happens is is a manufacturing company will go on have a part that they need to create it and they’ll send that part to the CAD file to several different machine shops around the United States and they’ll try to get the best quote and that that whole process of the bidding war going back and forth negotiating price can take anywhere between three to six months even before a company will actually get the PIO and then you have to go here to your accounting department to get purchase orders and sign offs so what we what we did was we created our own ERP system as well as online live quoting system which gives those companies instant quotes within about five to seven seconds which then gives them the turnaround time of getting a purchase order you know maybe within three to five days and they’ll actually get their part somewhere between two to three weeks so what happens is a company take for example Tesla’s a customer of ours are going to our website they’ll upload the 3d CAD file of the part that they need quoted and in about five to seven seconds they will get an instant quote for how much it’s going to cost how long that’s going to take to create and how long it’s going to take to ship out all within about five to seven seconds from there it then goes to our partner Network and our partner what networks about four to five thousand machine shops around the world who will create that part send that part to Tesla who is the customer and then everyone is happy so we have literally cut B the time down by gazillions of seconds hours days and months and they will so basically why people come to Zama trim what makes us niche is because of that time so our vision at sama tree

is examine trees the easiest way to source and deliver custom parts throughout the world our mission statement is to streamline custom manufacturing by building a technology enabled marketplace to connect companies with optimal solutions and then our purpose is to maximize the world’s capacity to build the big ideas large and small so as I said before you’ll see this is kind of like our ecosystem from our end users to our suppliers our manufacturers they go through that CAD file our machine learning term machine learning teams excuse me the cost and lead time data which our data scientists our data anything that has to deal with our data as well as technology kind of work through this technology backbone that we have and then as a result come out dealing with our manufacturing services our program management our private networks as well as like our shop management services which is kind of like a fancy word for e-commerce so anything that has to do with software materials and supplies logistics accounting etc so like I said we have a massive network capacity we have over 4,000 manufacturers wide ranging capacities to do a variety of different manufacturing capabilities across 50 states and then and now we are have manufacturing capacity in international waters instant coding engine so we also have engineers who are you know mechanical engineers civil engineers etc that will look at the quilt to make sure that the code is accurate as well as that the part can be manufactured and it what’s key is by us having these engineers on-site as well as having our data folks whether it’s the scientist or the data engineers they all they all play into the pricing modules the ERP our internal ERP system that we have built as well as pricing and lead times and then again on the other end it’s making sure that we’re guaranteeing that our parts are being created correctly so you know it’s some of our parts are on rocket ships some are parts in it are in BMW Mercedes Nissan Honda cars we’re currently doing a variety of different things to combat COBIT 19 so you know the guaranteed quality is very key for us so like I said we were founded in 2014 just doing internal additive which is 3d printing since then as you see on this slide it shows that we developed a partner network in 2016 we’ve raised our Series A and B funding we raised our Series C funding we’ve acquired three four companies at this point and then we raised our series D funding so in total as of today we’ve raised about two hundred and fifty million dollars so these are some of our customers so some of our larger customers BMW ge NASA Dell and then some of these are some of our investors which you know again include BMW Dell ge three of the little skinny for the largest hedge fund companies in the world as well as Bosch so if you have a washer dryer refrigerator it might be one of them our investors and one of the key things that I love about Xometry is that we get literally discounts on a variety of different technologies when we’re purchasing things as well as cars etc so it’s a pretty interesting perk so currently our manufacturing capabilities that we are doing is CNC machining metal 3d printing metal and plastic excursion sheet metal fabrication or thin casting die casting plastic 3d printing injection molding metal stamping so literally anything that you probably deal with on a day-to-day we create so it can be the brakes in your car it can be the headrest on your car it could be the cell phone it can be the computer that you’re using it can be the mousepad from your deodorant cap so literally some people don’t realize what actually is you know made at Xometry but or not what is made at Xometry but what we actually can support in regards to manufacturing so the largest brands we definitely have for some of the largest brands who trust us to make their parts so we have 74% of the Fortune 100 companies and then we have 38% of Fortune 500 companies and then the other percentages that are not listed are representative our financial and insurance institutions and obviously they’re not manufacturing anything so

they would not be part of that number so our engineers work and you know support large different type of capacities and industries so 11 of the 13 fortune 500 aerospace and defense companies 9 of the 10 fortune 500 technology companies six of the top 10 fortune 500 automotive companies and 5 out of 7 fortune 500 medical device companies so we’re literally in all types of lines of business around the world and then we have like I said we have over 4,000 manufacturing partners around the United States as you see this kind of shows kind of where everyone is in regards to our customers as well as our partners so aerospace is more in technologies more on that west coast agriculture energy or motive is kind of more central and then our consumer automotive as well as defense and industrial medical is more on that East Coast corridor so what’s key about our partner network it’s it’s keeping manufacturing in the United States but we also do have partners who are worldwide and what’s what’s key is there may have been a mom-and-pop shop in Idaho who you know has the capacity to do the work for NASA but would never have the opportunity to do the work for NASA so by them being a partner of ours they are able to literally go online onto our partner website which is basically like a job board and they can view any and every part that we need to create and they can pick which part that they want to pre and then they can do so so they now have access and can literally just monitor our partner website for work we have several different partners around the United States who they have people who are hired just to monitor our partner network and then what we did was we created shop management services which like I said is that fancy term for e-commerce so what we found were like I said that company in Idaho may have had the capacity to do the work for this SpaceX part or the SpaceX project but did not have the materials to do the actual work so what we did was we created an e-commerce business which we hired a general manager of e-commerce who comes from one of the world’s largest ecommerce sites as well as we hired a director of procurement who comes from one of the world’s largest metal shops and what they did was they created an entire supplies business so now that machine shop in Idaho although they did not have access to the materials they can literally take they can buy they can take the job from us but then in return they can take and buy the materials from us so it’s kind of a win-win situation for everyone especially from Xometry from a business perspective we’re now paying you to do the job but you’re also buying the material from us so where we work so Xometry has grown drastically over the past kind of the past two years so two two and a half years ago we were at about 40 people I’ve been in Xometry for about two years and we’ve grown to about 300 people were in over 20 states we’ve acquired two companies internationally one in Europe and one recently in China so we have 31 people who are working in about 13 different countries I’m in Europe in a couple who are working in our China office and then we actually are aggressively hiring specifically we’ll be hiring on our technology as well as ourselves and engineering team and our plan is to be based on the staffing claims that we have set out we should be at about 5 to 600 people with the majority of those folks coming on our technology in our sales team so this is just an breakdown of where people stick in some of our core offices so these six offices in Los Angeles Jackson Lexington Rockville Bethesda Gaithersburg are more our what we call our hub brick-and-mortar offices but we do have technology as well as sales and engineering capacities who do state remotely so this is our leadership team our chief executive officer sales officer CFO chief operating officer our senior vice president of engineering is Matt Liebel as i n this is Bobby Uhlenbrock so Matt is coming from Vistaprint and Bobby used to be the senior vice president of product at eBay so these two are kind of most in line with what

you know our goal is today to talk about from our technology perspective and then these are just some pictures of some of our employees in a variety of different offices we have nominations for different little awards this is our X trophy and our Y trophy and they fluctuate between some of our offices and then I already talked about the the platform so here is just exactly what people can see they can see our technology in in live usage so there’s the park and then they can deal with all the finishing and the process is also on the the site at the same time and all of this our algorithm and it’s really our algorithm as well as our technology teams as well as our engineering teams that make it this platform work in such an instant instant way but 90% of the work is done through our technology technology team whether it’s our data science team web development team are computed so there’s a variety probably about 10 team different teams that function at Xometry at a technology perspective our data science team has probably I want to say about 50 people and grown so it’s definitely going to be something that we’re going to be looking at more folks on our data science team as we look to grow Xometry and specifically our technology department and then this is just a slide we use slack bog and velocity is on HR system our ERP axis why I kept this slide on here is this is where people can see real live data using our ERP system and our ERP system like I said was created internally so our technology team they manage our ERP system so if you’ve heard of any type of other ERP systems such as SAP this is exactly just like that and then we are an ITAR certified employer so what that really just means is that we can only employees or US citizens or green card holders but then case-by-case depending on the position specifically on the technology side we are a people to sponsor an offer visa and also have people work on different types of these are the sponsorships as well and I can open it up for any questions and answers at this point great thank you so much Michael we have one question so far what kind of specific skills do you look for in hiring related to data science the instant quoting engine for example so I think from that perspective we’re looking for people who have experience with like coding looking for people who have different experience around like Python and HTML so it’s really just skill specific based on whatever the rule is and what I can also do is I have a document that shows what each position what we’re looking for based on the position and it also has which skills what level we’re looking at depending on the role so I can definitely share that so there and you couldn’t see that so in our technology department there is about 15 different unique roles and it’s broken down based on position you know what skills are looking for what technologies are looking for etc thank you so much and Michael you should with me I’ll be sure to get that to all of these and then there’s another question how has the data job market impacted by COVID19 in your opinion so are you are they asking in general across the market or an Xometry it sounds like across the market but obviously your perspective gotcha so I work with a lot of recruiting firms we don’t use recruiting firms but we used to work at a recruiting firm and honestly two of the things that have not probably been impacted the most have been all types of roles within technology as well as sales so and then specifically at Xometry what we have done is we’ve moved everyone a hundred percent remote and that happened over the course of probably three days that we’ve made the decision and everyone has moved mantra percent remotely so it has not impacted us at all we are we’ve not done any type of layoffs or you know reductions of force and our CEO has committed not to doing it by any means necessary but I would say that the safest positions out there specifically with the COVID19 have probably definitely been on the technology side and I’ll take one more question this one

should be fairly quick before we pass it along to the next panelist are the roles and internships that you mentioned are they available on the website not all of them so we are pushing them out ambassadors so we actually have put a hold on all of our hiring for the month of March and the first two weeks of people so those last two weeks people will actually have an influx of jobs that will be on our website and then I’ll also post in handshake and you can see all of those positions online and the only other thing that I will add is our internship program where you put it on hold for right now as we monitor what that looks like but we are doing some internal talks with myself and my team to figure out how might we be able to move our technology engineering or sales specifically our technology interns to a hundred percent remote just in case that we’re not able so we’re definitely since we’re able to support our entire company in a remote capacity we’re looking to see how we can bring our interns remote as well because obviously internships are very important especially when you look to be hired if you’re just coming out of undergrad don’t have internship experience or co-op experience we definitely use that in our hiring decision and we want to definitely be able to help that as possible great thank you so much Michael no issues with that we’ll turn it over to Eden from Booz Allen so my topic today is going to be on my first five years at Booz Allen Hamilton which is a consulting firm and the I’m located in the DC metro metro area but we’re worldwide so we have folks all over the place really in Europe and Saudi Arabia Philippines you name it and we’re up to 30,000 people now so we’re not as big as like the McKinsey consulting firms but kind of somewhere in the middle so that has its advantages and disadvantages all right so I just wanted to talk through my experience to give us a perspective on what consulting for a data scientist actually looks like my role is the data scientists I’m a senior scientist at the firm and a professor of mine and who leaves the University Betty Molloy actually encouraged me to think about this during my last semester at American University where I got my masters in quantitative analytics because she thought that it would be interesting and I’m so glad that she did make that recommendation for me so um I got let’s see I got hired at from LinkedIn someone reached out to me on LinkedIn to interview at Booz Allen after I had already applied on their website so I’m not quite sure if they do matching between those two but that’s that’s how I got the interview in the first place so always make sure to keep your LinkedIn profile really beefed up make sure you have at least 500 connections and what I did was I put all of my projects and papers that I’ve written that were professional quality up there um and of course you know obvious things like your skills languages in a good description of anything that I had taken in a course if you look at your syllabi see your syllabi it usually lists in the bullet point form at the top of the syllabi what the goals for the course are you’re gonna learn and the expected outcome you can literally copy and paste those into your resume because those are skills you know have advice that I would have for for people in that phase is that don’t feel embarrassed to put those things or like you’re not qualified because you haven’t actually had a job in that area and the pre represent is that you you know about the technology or or the type of analyses and you perfect those skills on the job

so um as long as you can speak intelligently about it in an interview and you felt like you really master the concept and the class by all means put it on there so once I got hired I’ll tell you a little bit about the interview process I had just one like HR screening call that was like a behavioral kind of general questionnaire about my skills from more of just like a recruiter type person and after that I got to I think like two days later I got a face-to-face interview and then by the end of the week like two days after that I got my job offer so buddies are when typically hired really quickly I cannot say for sure how that’s going to be now with the COVID 19 situation the firm’s allocated 5.2 million dollars to helping employees right now um who are currently at the firm so not suggesting that it’s not for we’re probably not looking to iron a lot of new folks but that doesn’t mean that our business has slowed down we have all of our federal clients are working remotely and that we’re doing that with them and we have some folks who are part of services that are in a high security facility like at the FBI and they’re not allowed to work from home so they actually have to be in this facility and so those people are actually going into the office but for the most part we’ve we’ve maintained same level of revenue but we have a lot of costs coming in because there are folks who can no one rebuild the amount of hours the 40 hours a week that they normally could it because they’re now full-time childcare providers that are kids so many on them at least or you know they don’t have them the funds to hire someone to pay the $2,500 a month it would cost to hire a full-time private childcare right now so um those are some of the obstacles I thought might be on people’s minds I just wanted to to preface that and before I get into my my explanation I’m gonna see if consulting is is the right thing for you so my first year at Booz Allen after three months I got tasked as the as the second data scientist under a lead on a project at the IRS that was designed to excuse me to create a data-driven process for case selection for audit I can’t tell you too many details about it but I will tell you a little bit about the what I was required to do the languages that we used we used SAS which was covered an American University when I was there but I did need to take another more in-depth course to really feel ready to perform on the job after that so a lot of the federal government actually uses SAS because it’s been around for a long time and because it doesn’t have as many security vulnerabilities as open-source languages like Python and R so I would suggest knowing those three languages SAS Python and R if you want to move into the consulting space specifically and that’s because there are federal agencies that only use SAS and they don’t have the infrastructure infrastructure or the manpower to handle the load that it takes to to manage the security vulnerabilities at the open source languages half so anyway after a couple of months the lead and at that getting transferred to a different project and I became the lead so that’s like six months out of the school I’m leading being a full-on meshing and learning engagement for the IRS so I was

scared in my mind as you could imagine and I felt weighing over my head but with consulting firms the great thing is that you always have mentors you have a career manager that’s assigned to you that’s there may not be aligned with your skill set but there’s also a ton of other people at the firm that you can reach out to if you get stuck and you feel like you need help so I really thrive in those kind of environments I find I kind of like getting thrown into the deep end and seeing if all sink-or-swim but that’s not for everybody so it end up being an awesome learning experience a good success and I mean up losing the the project from you know senior management level they ran out of funding so I couldn’t see how to performed in the testing phase but it was a logistic regression algorithm provided a likelihood score to the case analyst of how likely that particular case would be to have rajala activity on it so the after that project I ended up moving to the Veterans Affairs Office where I evaluated programs designed to combat to combat veteran suicide as you all are most likely aware veteran suicide rates over the last several years have really been going up and Congress mandated the VA to hire an external consultant to come in and evaluate the nine programs that are designed to do that that’s everything from work placement assistance to to health mental health physical health rehabilitation anything like that we went through program by program and wrote up a being like a hundred 50 page document outlining what our evaluation in those programs was so that was also really interesting and then at the Department of Labor where I am now we’ve been standing up a custom data analytics platform enables users to store manage in lines and shared data and my role on that particular project is to quote show the art of the possible what does that mean in the federal space many times there are most of our clients are the more Excel type analysts so pivot tables or just coming through raw data and so it’s hard for them to even conceptualize what putting machine learning or data mining practices into their everyday business with even look like and so I go through each one of the new on board ease that we have look through their business and look for ways that machine learning could help them and then I just create like a little demo for them sometimes that means creating a full machine learning application I’m just to show them the power of the analytics and what they can do with their specific data so that’s been a great way to practice some creativity and you really not get bored because this particular project is going to be changing all the time with the new onboard ease that we have we’re going in two departments out of like 50 or 60 there and then the Department of Labor so hopefully they’ll keep the interesting long term that’s another benefit of consulting is that your job never gets boring or stale you change projects typically every six to eight months mmm but I know people have been on projects for five years or even a month so it varies from project to project but even if you do get bored on a really long engagement you can request to get rolled off so there’s Alan knows that data scientists are typically a little what’s the word and they get bored easily and one and like that change and want to sharpen their skill sets and learn different things generally very high-energy folks so they understand

that and they know that’s keeping that a variability in their day to day jobs is important and so they’re happy to accommodate which is really nice so I think so the last point I just want to drive home before I open up for questions is that that your LinkedIn profile if you do that correctly the point that I made earlier recruiters will come to you you do not need to go apply for jobs people will be hunting you down on LinkedIn if you really manage your profile correctly and to work on that I like that makes the semester before you graduate it has something lined up for you with a few points that I outlined earlier and these out and those do capability hiring so that means that we’re not the gentleman before said that you know it’s not a consultant so that’s typically how things work is you get hired for a specific programming my Lynch for specific job with consulting firm are looking for broad scoping skillset so that’s why I say having three languages on your resume is important as we want to make sure that you can get put on multiple different projects throughout your career alright that does it for me I hope that if it’s a good synopsis of what consulting is like I want to make time for questions so we got one in chat that is do you see anyone in analytics roles with public affairs backgrounds oh gosh I get this question a lot I’m a you the sad news is not particularly um as you’re probably aware in the data act that somebody else is speaking on today highly relevant but it’s more something that is kind of a side skillset that someone would pick up we wouldn’t necessarily hire someone who’s right out of school in that particular role that person would likely need to have five or maybe ten years experience we’d hire a subject-matter expert on something like that if they really needed help but the tricky thing with those roles is that it’s not it’s not usually if you’re there for the policy part that’s one tiny tiny part of the project management process part so we typically like folks who can fit multiple roles and can be engaged long-term on a project and that’s why we only have subject matter experts that’ll help maybe bid on a task order and that phase the project but we wouldn’t really need them after that so they tend to work on several different projects at one time so we don’t have a huge need to have a lot of those folks on staffs that are specifically Public Affairs related you probably fit more into a data scientists role that knows about public affairs and most that they don’t use it that often in your public affairs side of your skill sets so if you’re in that boat really emphasize your data analytics skill sets with the public affairs aspect be like a cherry on top um how does booze differentiate between data scientists data analysts and business analyst roles in consulting so data analyst and data scientist would be the same thing but a business analyst is a bit different because that might fit more into what we call a general and those are actually in pretty high demands because those would be more people who would need the sequel SQL experience and be really good in Excel in PowerPoint be able to make really nice PowerPoint presentations and then be able to analyze the business’s data from more like a rudimentary that’s just not necessarily machine learning or analytics but maybe just you know summary statistics and sort of telling a

story with the data that would be a business analyst and it doesn’t need to be nearly as technical as a data sorry it says but um you can go through our jobs page and see how they differentiate between those and they’ll no less the skill sets they’re required for each one of those positions and the last quest for now and will capture all of the ones that are not captured or that are not answered here when did you start looking for jobs during your grad degree so I was working full time while I was getting my degree so I was pooped so I actually weeded I think like four or five months because mine for jobs because I was already in a role that was filled with my skill set so I didn’t feel super pressured to jump into the job market that quickly but once I started looking for jobs that was yeah I graduated in May and I think I started looking around like August and I had my offer food a Zelan like a couple months in and only took that long because I didn’t not really had a right my LinkedIn profile and I didn’t have a lot of great content up there and the feature for recruiters to look for people on LinkedIn had just opened up like that month that I that’s only reached out to me before that capability wasn’t on LinkedIn hey thank you so much Eden we are going to transfer over to Jessica from the FBI thank you so much even yours alright thank you everyone okay so my Sycamore and I am a management and program analyst for the FBI’s IT application and data division and so my job and since I mean so many different things one of my main jobs is recruiting for the bureau and making sure specifically that my division has top talent so that’s why I’m here today is to talk with you about some positions that we have and hopefully encourage you to apply for the bureau and hopefully we’ll see you on one of our teams so today I’m going to be talking to you about the FBI what our mission is some of our benefit benefits as well as opportunities and then also what’s important some of our qualifications which will then lead me into talking more specifically about my division the IT application and data division what positions we have how to apply and then also what the hiring process is like from beginning when you submit your resume all the way to when you onboard with us so let’s go ahead and get started so the FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States so this what’s great about this organization is everyone’s job is important to fulfill this mission so whether you’re a big data technologist whether you’re a mechanic or a map of my liking myself everyone’s job is to work towards that mission so people are very connected to it and we’re very proud of it but because we work for the government you will have to obtain a top-secret clearance in order to work for the bureau so now I’m just going to go over some of the disqualifiers and if none of these apply to you then you can take the next steps and working for the FBI so some of our automatic disqualifier include a non-us citizenship a felony conviction failure of an FBI polygraph examination so everyone that needs to attain a top secret clearance does have to take a polygraph and you will have to pass that a failure of an FBI administered drug test failure – or default on a student loan issued by the US government failure to register with the Selective Service System this is for males only and then lastly a use of illegal drugs in violation of the FBI employment drug see I really want to focus on this one because we’ve had a lot of people coming out of college fail or would not be able to apply for the bureau because of this and so our FBI employment drug policy says that you cannot do marijuana or cannabis within three years of when you

apply and then all other illegal drugs will be up to ten years so I really urge you if you want to work for the federal government or specifically the FBI oh really make sure that you focus in on this short policy so next I want to take a second to talk about some of the benefits so working for the government there are so many different benefits and I’m only going to hit on a few that I think would be important for you guys to know so early you can earn up to one to do two days per month of earn leave and then on top of that you earn one day per month of sick leave and this will increase the longer that you stay in the government you also get all federal holidays off so that includes 10 per holiday here you also get comp time as well as a flexible work set so which I’m sure is very important to many of you and lastly you will receive a transit subsidy which is very important especially if you work in the DMV area the government will pay up to 225 to 250 dollars for commuting cost such as the Metro so not only does the FBI have great benefits but also really good growth opportunities so you’re able to continue your education through internal and external trainings we also offer a university education program where the government will pay for you to apply to go back to school to get another degree or certification we also have academic sabbaticals joint as well as temporary duty assignments with there you can go and work within a different division to up your skillsets and lastly paid military leave for up to 30 days for those within who are still military so now that I’ve taken a second to really talk about the FBI what our mission is and the qualifications and benefits I now want to Zone in and focus in on the division I work for which is the ite application and data division so this division is very important again to the mission of the FBI we always say technology ahead of the threat and especially because technology is always changing we hope to get new students in with a different perspective our mission within AI tad or the IT application data division is to deliver innovative software that helps every employee accomplish the FBI mission and provide the agents and the analysts relevant data when and where they need it so we have three different sections within my division I’m going to touch upon two really quickly but I really want to focus in on one of our sections which would fit for any type of data sigh of data analyst majors so the first section is our case management application section and they build our software that our agents and analysts use specifically within the fields to solve cases we also have an enterprise application and database services section and this section builds the applications that fulfill our business needs within the bureau and the woman I really want to touch upon is the enterprise data and analytics section so this section helps our agents and our analysts analyze and manage our FBI data holdings so again this is the section where many of you would fit best now I want to really talk about the positions that we have available within my division specifically for a data science majors and data analyst majors so what we have is called a Big Data technologist and this position is open in two locations Huntsville Alabama which we are heavily recruiting for as well as in headquarters in Washington DC or the DMV area I also like to mention I know because of what’s going on a lot of people are saying they have stopped hiring but in the bureau we are continuing to hire continuously so this has not stopped for us I want to take a second to just read what the Job Description is as well as some of the skill sets that you should have before applying so the big data technologists will play a role in advancing the FBI’s mission by delivering ingests search and analytic solutions using Big Data technologies you were analyzed agile methodologies and dev out principles to build design test and deploy highly scalable distributive products and services so working as a team player he will leverage your expertise in collecting storing processing and analyzing large data sets your data science experience using machine learning natural language processing statistical modeling and other big data skills will be challenged as you support the development of new faster and more efficient efforts to leverage the power of information if you have experience developing solutions using the Hadoop ecosystem the FBI can provide you challenges not available elsewhere we are especially interested in an individual’s experience with search indexes such as elastic or solar experience using spunk or ALK stack to aggregate and mine cluster and application logs as well as the ability to write quality code in one or more scripting programming languages such as

Java Python R or bash so after reading this if this is something that struck you is like something you’d definitely be interested in then please I urge you to apply which leads me into how can you apply we also we have our postings on handshake but there’s two methods that we really urge people to send their resumes to us through working with the HR department our division has been able to post postings outside of FBI jobs gov so there’s two ways that you can apply the first way is to LinkedIn we have our postings there you can type in Huntsville Big Data technologists FBI or just Big Data technologists FBI or the easiest way is to send your resume directly to me and I will type in what that email address is but it’s FBI underscore acts a PPS underscore data da ta at FBI gov if you send your resume directly there the process looks like we get the resumes we review them if we’re interested in interviewing you will get an invite and that interview will take place either over the phone or ad headquarters in our building and this is determined on where you’re located if you’re located in the DMV area we ask you to come into our building to interview after the interview if you are selected you go through the background and to obtain your tops to your clearance and I want to be very clear and honest about how long this can take this can take anywhere from six to eight months so what a lot of people end up doing is right out of college they’ll take a job and then when their clearance comes through they’ll switch over and work for the FBI which is definitely something that you can do I’d also like to mention that if you are not a junior or senior we also have internships available and this will open up on FBI jobs in mid-august it is a 10-week full-time paid internship which you continue you can continue outside of the summer into the school year by just working a couple hours a month and that will allow you to keep your top secret clearance so again working as an intern you will also have to get a top secret clearance so I hope you learned a lot about what the FBI is what our mission is some benefits of working for the bureau more about my division as well as what we are hiring for if you have any questions I can take those now great thank you so much Jessica we have one question so far over the 19 situation delay security clearances so what I’m hearing now is that we are working through it and we are trying to continue to keep doing security clearances so right now no in the future if this continues it could slow down a little bit which is what we would expect but what we’re hearing from HR right now is to keep hiring they’ll keep doing security clearances and keep trying to bring people and as soon as possible so in regards to the security clearance length would it be an option to apply to the FBI while still in school with the hopes that you would receive clearance around the time of graduation sure definitely that’s why we urge people if you’re a junior or a senior to definitely go ahead and apply at that phase of your life if you are younger I would urge you to go ahead and do the internship process because what will happen is you will obtain that top-secret clearance during that time and then you can hold it to me you can actually start with us full-time and you already had that clearance and won’t have to wait for that to come through I see the question about foreigners acceptable acceptable to apply so that’s one of the disqualifiers you do have to be a US citizen so once that happens the moment that happens then you can definitely apply but before that happens then no you would not be qualified and then graduate students eligible for is that for the internship or for full-time okay yep both so if you’re an intern you can apply for the internship if you are a graduate student or if you are getting your bachelor degree so you can do that route or you can do full-time employment as a graduate student as well a lot of people what they do tend to do is do the internship program and then transition over into full-time after they finish graduate school yes internships are posted on FB I jobs gov so one thing I will say about working in my division about you know outside technical I’m just making sure that you can work in teams a lot of my division and how we tend to work is is is teamwork so I mean you can have all the technical requirements and be able to do things on your own but be able to communicate and work with the team is very very important how you can make your resume stand out no that’s a great

question like I said so one thing I want to say about government resumes and what I’ve learned is that in college a lot of people told me hey you need to make your resume one-page because people aren’t gonna read more than that in the federal government put down everything you’ve done especially as a student what we would like to see is that you’re interested in your major even outside of the projects that you’ve done in school so if there’s something that you’re working on outside of that but you can put on your resume do so but all the projects you put in school make us make you stand out anything you’ve done outside of school the classes that you’ve taken would be beneficial things like that all right and now you will pass things on to antosha all right I am just getting the presentation started here thank you so much everyone for joining today and thanks to American University for having us present my name is Deb hodge I am the director of programs at the capital collab and I am joined by my colleague Tasha Washington and she’ll introduce herself in just a moment so I’ll give you a little bit of background on Greater Washington partnership and the capital collab and talk to you a little bit about your opportunities as an American University student within our organization so the green washington partnership was formed about three years ago by area ceos as a civic alliance so the goal of the Alliance is really to make the Washington DC area and we define that as from Baltimore to Richmond so the Capital Region a great place to live work and build a business so you can see here these are all of our employer partners we are adding more every single day they come from a variety of different industries so we have the CIA is is one of our government partners but as you can see on the screen we have several from from other industries as well so the CEOs of all of these companies have come together to say you know what are the needs in this region and specifically for the capital colab what are the talent and workforce needs in this region so about two years ago the CEOs of all of these companies got together with the universe area university presidents to say you know what what are the most pressing needs in our region as far as workforce goes and overwhelmingly the talk and I’m sure this is not a surprise to any of you is technology digital technology being proficient and data ethics digital literacy just even some of those really baseline skills that are needed to kind of the ground running on day one so we started out by defining you know what does digital technology skills mean what are those occupations what do they look like so we did a lot of research and then we also identified tech adjacent positions so maybe you’re not a web developer or software developer exactly but you do have technology in your role or in a future role so as you can imagine I think that there are probably very very few roles out there that do not have a you know big technology need within that occupation so again a little bit with our research we went into the Capital Region again as defined from Baltimore to Richmond and said you know what is the demand for digital tech in this region and you can see on the left side Tech Awards that equals sub baccalaureate degrees so that would be like K through 12 community colleges baccalaureate and then also grad schools so the the tech awards are on the left side and we have both for the tech programs and tech a jason and then you’ll see the jobs of requesting tech skills in both of those areas as well so you can see that there’s quite a tremendous gap in the awards in this area and the jobs really needing these skills so the digital tech credential program was born and I’m going to hand it over to my colleague Tasha Washington to go a little bit deeper into this program thanks Deb yes thanks everyone for joining today too I mean what is our new normal so this is a digital tech credential program instead mentioned from that capital collab vision this emerged so we have two sort of pathways if you will for the product

the program here the generalist credential is for students who are maybe taking degree fields such as HR logistics and finance and then there’s a specialist credential for those students who are taking fields such as computer science stats Engineering so as you can see from the slide here here of the few University partners that we work with just as Deb mentioned when we wanted to make sure that we’re getting a variety of industries we also want to get a variety of institutions as well so you can see here there are a few private institutions as well as public institutions 8 and then partnering with American University we have identified that these are the courses that employers are seeking so introduction to business stats edge of information technology business analytics cybersecurity and risk management and business professionalism you so we’re really excited about this April is our kickoff to our credential month so April 1st we actually launched the current potential month here within collab so it’s really a variety of digital events that we’ve created webinars and asking anything chats so the webinars you get to actually hear from employers such as Capital One and Northrop Grumman and these these are a live sessions that you can actually ask those questions or those employers and talk about the day-to-day and what it’s like to work for them they ask me anything calls pretty intimate sessions that we’ve created with individuals here at the cover lab where you talk about the day-to-day and what it’s like to work at one of these institutions and also how you use data in your everyday role so you can also ask questions about a career progression making that transition from being a student into the workforce these sessions are pretty small so you’d want to sign up for these right away and if you’re wanting to learn more about capital collab with everything we’ve talked about today is you piqued your interest I’m certainly feel free to visit the capital co-op site to enroll I’m getting also use the QR code here to scan and learn more and this is my information here I again am the student engagement associate here so if there’s any questions that you had afterwards certainly feel free to reach out I guess we can open for questions that can grad students or alumni enroll in digital credential program absolutely so the the key to this is that you have to complete that set of courses so you know we we do not want anyone to delay their graduation or you know enroll in courses that wouldn’t help them in their overall degree programs um but in order to receive that digital badge you must commit to taking those courses that we showed on the screen so certainly as an alum if you’ve taken those courses we can talk about enrollment and if when you took those courses it was aligned to the knowledge skills and abilities we would certainly be open to that are the credential programs entry-level so the positions the the full-time employment positions that these employers have our entry-level positions we do have a number of work based learning opportunities that lead up to your graduation so once you have your degree from American and once you’ve completed these courses you’re eligible for kind of getting bumped up in their pile of resumes but the internships that are available are available to anyone who has completed at least one of those courses that we identified and I’ll go back to that screen – just so that we have that so as long as you have taken one of these courses you’re eligible for dedicated internships of these employer partners they I should caveat they still put their own kind of layer of interview process and looking for the right skills so just being in our program doesn’t guarantee an internship or a position but it certainly gets you that first look maybe ahead of someone else great so we had a question I was all of the all of the classes so I think that was before we talked about internships so there’s is there a difference between the credential for internships versus jobs correct so in order to be eligible for the full-time positions you have to have completed all of these courses in order to be for the eligible for the internships you just have to either be currently in one of these courses or close to completing one of these courses

and its capital colab and the opportunities that you listed are they in handshake they are not so that is actually a great question on because these opportunities are exclusive and because we work with the employers directly we need the every student to enroll with our program so that we can connect you to these opportunities in the future we will have a portal where you can access all of these opportunities as a collab student but in order to kind of identify yourself that you are interested in these opportunities you would have to go to the enrollment page and fill out your information it’s free it doesn’t cost anything you don’t have to have completed any of those courses yet it’s just kind of like an intention that you will complete the courses and then we’ll do the specific outreach with you collect your resume and share that with the employers graduate students can take the similar courses but with a different code could those horses be counted that is something we can definitely look into we would have to work with your university lead on that to make sure that those courses that you’ve taken do actually map to the credential so when we send out this information my recommendation would be to go ahead and email Tasha at the email address to just indicate the courses that you’ve either taken or plan to take so that we can work directly with you and the university to lead all right thank you so much for attending I hope this was helpful um feel free to contact me I guess I should send out my email or the Career Center if you have additional questions I was able to capture the questions that were in the Q&A box that were not answered so hopefully you can try to get some answers to those and send them out as well otherwise I’m just going to send you all off and to enjoy your homes staying safe inside