I graduated with a BA (Hons) Human Geography followed by an MSc Applied GIS (Geographic Information Systems). A typical day is computer heavy with lots of data work, primarily extraction, transformation and loading of data. Analysing data or running predictive models makes up a smaller proportion of my work time. I also attend meetings throughout the week, giving updates on the progress I’m making on my current projects and helping inform decision making.
I get a lot of satisfaction from problem solving. My work often involves lots of little battles that make up an overall larger problem. I therefore have lots of little victories.
I also enjoy data visualisation, particularly mapping. I used to do a fair bit of photography so I enjoy using Photoshop, and producing visualisations allows me to be a bit more creative. The data I work with is often stored in very unhelpful formats. Getting the data shipshape, and encouraging other people to take up best practices around data storage, can be an uphill struggle at times.
I have so far progressed from graduate data scientist to data scientist. With this comes more responsibility and higher expectations. In the future I’m looking to continue to improve my skillset and maybe take on management responsibilities.