How Avery Smith built a successful course around data analytics

updated on 17 October 2022
Avery's journey building a successful course
Avery's journey building a successful course

This is a weekly series where I interview entrepreneurs & creators overcoming their challenges & building a business from scratch.

Avery Smith is a course creator currently building Data Career Jumpstart to help students start their own data careers & transition to high-paying jobs in data science

Here we go through a short 5-minute interview to understand more about his journey. Cheers to Avery for doing this ✨

1.  How did you get started with building Data Career Jumpstart?

I studied Chemical Engineering & worked as a chemical lab technician but really didn’t enjoy what I was doing.

I discovered data science & became hooked upon learning more about it. I self-studied, landed a data scientist job, & eventually got a Master’s degree in analytics.

I started Data Career Jumpstart by wanting to help people who wanted to go through a similar career pivot as I did. 

I thought my pivot could have been more optimized & I decided to create a program focused on learning the necessary skills & land a high paying data science job

2.  How was your experience learning to code from scratch & then transition to machine learning?

I actually wrote my first line of code when I was in 6th grade, and then coded somewhat regularly in college as an engineer. 

But it wasn’t super easy. There were definitely nights when my code was NOT doing what I wanted it to, and as a result, I spent hours debugging. 

Going from more basic coding to data science & machine learning also had its own challenges. But practice makes perfect :)

I think I’ve hit the 10,000-hour mark & now that advanced coding is more routine.

But don’t get me wrong, I still use Google & StackOverflow all the time!

3.  What made you realize the love for teaching data science?

Honestly, it’s just such a cool topic & I love sharing what I think is cool. 

Also, it really pays off for me when my students go from making $40,000 to $80,000 in a few months.

To help someone reach that life-changing amount of money is the best feeling. 

4.  You also have a Youtube channel on cool topics centered around Data Science. How do you keep up with the youtube creator journey while also running a business?

Honestly, I don’t really. It takes at least 4-6 hours to make a video.

But I know YouTube is very important in terms of brand recognition & traffic so I recently dedicated an entire month to YouTube where I built 30 data science projects in 30 days. 

It was an absolute grind & I really couldn’t do much more than the campaign, but it took me from 1.5k subscribers to 6.5k. 

And the best part is, those videos are all VERY evergreen & will continue to provide my viewers' value year after year.

5. What advice would you give to entrepreneurs/course creators who are trying to grow their business & to those who are just starting out?

  • Who are trying to grow their business?

I think if you have a business or course that is already established & you’re trying to grow, the biggest advice I’d give is to invest in yourself, your learning, & your network. I always find that when I’m learning from others, I make more money. 

  • Who are just starting out?

If you’re just starting out, start small. Build an audience (I think LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube Shorts are the best places right now), and launch a small, affordable offer. Build from there. 

Where can people learn more about you?

You can find me on LinkedIn - Avery Smith

Course Page: https://www.datacareerjumpstart.com/

Youtube Channel on Data Science: https://www.youtube.com/c/AverySmithDataCareerJumpstart

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