Saurabh Nagrecha

What excites you about your new position?

I'm excited to be part of a high impact and visibility Machine Learning team at Capital One. What stood out for me was that my manager expects me to pursue independent research as part of my job, which is a great opportunity to extend my graduate research while solving cutting edge problems.

What steps did you take and/ what resources did you access to land this particular opportunity?

Graduate Career Services helped me right from resume review to salary negotiation. I used my professional network to identify the industry landscape and get an honest, constructive assessment of my skills- especially those that set me apart from other applicants. A large part of this was to sift through the absolute deluge of "data science" positions and filter out the noise, which Graduate Career Services helped with. I used coding practice websites, webinars, HackerNews, r/cscareerquestions etc. to make sure I wasn't leaving any blind spots. On campus, preparing an Elevator Pitch helped me distil 5 years of my research into a crisp 30-second spiel, the Interview Center was great for remote interviews and the salary negotiation workshop helped me understand both sides of the process.

Looking back on your job search experience, what advice would you give to current students?

My professional network has been my greatest asset - don't just build yours, engage with colleagues, peers, researchers and professionals you meet at Notre Dame and conferences.