Data science offers countless opportunities to join in a technological revolution, and the School of Data Science stands at the forefront of this movement.
M.S. in Data Science students have access to a range of career resources, including one-on-one advising, workshops, and career events to build career development skills and connect with employers and alumni. The SDS Career Services Team partners with you throughout the cycle of your career journey, from networking to negotiation, so that you feel confident navigating resources and preparing for every opportunity that comes your way. We believe in empowering students with the career skills and insights needed not only to secure your first job out of school, but also to explore and grow professionally throughout the course of your career.
Online MSDS students also have access to our Industry Advisor Network comprised of over 20 advisors in the data science industry who offer career/professional development workshops and 1-1 advising meetings. Advisors work in the government and across industry, representing startups to fortune 300 companies in insurance, technology, finance, and beyond.
Career Services Team
Myra Khan Blanchard
Assistant Director, Career Advising
Myra is a career coach and facilitator with ten years of experience administering career preparation, international exchange, and experiential learning programs. She has worked in career development at UVA for the past five years, serving students at the McIntire School of Commerce, School of Engineering, and School of Data Science. Born in the Midwest, and raised in Pakistan and Switzerland, Myra is a proud Third-Culture Kid who is currently laying down roots in Crozet, VA with her husband Kevin, a Purple Heart Marine veteran, their 2 year old son, and their gentle giant American Mastiff. They're looking forward to welcoming a baby girl to the family in summer 2021. Myra earned her B.A. in Communication and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire, an Ed.M. in International Educational Development from Boston University, and has been certified in Successful Strengths Coaching and Mindfulness Meditation.
Reggie Leonard II
Associate Director for Career Connections and Community Engagement
Reggie Leonard is a student and career development professional, with over a decade of experience in career services, and experiences ranging from career coaching/advising and program development, to employer relations, DEI, and community engagement. Reggie holds a B.A. in Psychology (proud HBCU grad) and an M.S. in Professional Counseling. He’s very involved in the local Charlottesville community, having served on and been invited to serve on several boards, conference planning committees, and post-graduate fellowships. Reggie co-organizes the Charlottesville Data Science Meetup (soon to return), tech events through the Tom Tom Foundation, data science events through RVA Tech, and more. Outside of work, Reggie is a proud uncle who is passionate about civic engagement and community involvement. He is in a cookbook club, co-leads alumni engagement for Wine Unify, earned his first wine certification through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust at the beginning of 2021, works in a vineyard (farming during growing season) and at a wine tasting room, and can often be spotted at local restaurants and events all over town. Reggie believes that we haven’t lived in the best version of the world yet, which animates his desire to work with and support students’ career exploration and development, and to drive equity and excellence through diversity and inclusion.