Charlotte Stevens used Johns Hopkins University’s Data Science courses on Coursera to fast-track her career. Here’s her story.
After finishing her BS in 2010, Charlotte Stevens found an entry level position as a data analyst. She dreamed of pursuing a more rewarding career, but her employer didn’t offer the training or development opportunities she needed. In an effort to take her future into her own hands, she joined Coursera and enrolled in a data analysis course from Johns Hopkins University.
The rigor of the course amazed her. “At first,” she admits, “It was the most frustrating thing in the world.” But support from peers in the course forums kept her going, and she discovered she loved the material. Six months later, she had a job she was passionate about and was earning more than twice her original salary. She moved from her apartment to a house, and began supporting her younger siblings. From there, she went on to a Master’s degree and a job as a senior data scientist at a startup, where she mentors younger analysts as they complete Coursera courses. She hopes to start her own company in the near future.