Challenge: find work within 3 months (NYC based, no work authorization needed).
Conditions: Need one week-day off a week that I can make up with remote commitment on the weekend. Reason: I'm a Math PhD freshman, need the job but don't want to quit studies.
Question: If this were your life, what steps would you follow to achieve the goal of employment in 3 months given the following qualifications/experience?
1) Master's in math, undergrad in math, 3.9 and 3.6 GPA's respectively.
2) 2 years of work experience with MySQL and Python, but not really developing, mostly research on a Jupyter notebook that lead to a publication in mathematical biology. I'm decent with Python, have coded up some research papers in computer vision for practice, but I don't have the developer experience (unit testing, scripting, deploying, all jargon to me, I can just code algorithms but lack the developing skills around that).
4) I am currently (last month) working on an internship (more like a bootcamp since they just teach things to interns, don't assign any tasks) for Fullstack development, but it's mostly Front-End, but I think it's better than nothing on the resume and they have some Back-End workshops for stuff like MongoDB.
5) I have 3+ years experience lecturing undergraduate and graduate level mathematics/statistics at senior colleges. Anything from Stat to Calc to Linear and Modern Algebra to Numerical Analysis and programming labs in Mathematica.
Additional information: I've been accepted to a decent data science bootcamp, but it's 17.5k for 3 months (which I will have to borrow with at least 10% interest) and afterwards I am concerned the companies won't hire me if I need at least one day remote. That 17k is a big risk, so I'm hoping there are alternatives.
A potential approach:
Do many Kaggle competitions, put them on github, the math and technical knowledge is almost there for an entry-level position, maybe I need to showcase some work.
Another, more fantastic, suggestion: follow the PluralSight course on AWS Developer certificate and try to get it, that seems to make people employable.
Or, continue consuming PluralSight courses at a frenetic pace and putting more words on my resume... doesn't seem wise.