What do you do?
As the role might give up, I work with data - I get to lead a team of Data Analysts and Scientists, as well as function as a Data Scientist myself. All of us are generating data points from every activity we do - a like in Instagram, a purchase in an online store or a submitted assignment in some school's platform, however data needs to be transformed into information. In essence, that is what my daily tasks are all about - extracting information. That means I have to understand, clean and transform incoming data, look for patterns with various techniques and think of solutions to problems that arose along the way.
Why did you choose this field?
It was a set of small coincidences, in a way. I have always had a wide variety of interests ranging from literature and photography to mathematics, but never a clear career path or a five year plan that I would like to follow. So without a plan I applied for a degree in mathematics and statistics thinking that it would be something universal. Mathematics is a foundation of so many sciences that I could easily switch to anything else if I wouldn't like it. Somewhere along the way picked up other interests that led me to Data Science.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Nothing is impossible if there exists hard work, persistence, high standards and determination. Talent helps but it's not everything.
Why do you love working in STEM?
For me it's never-ending challenges, creative people around me and exercise for the brains. It's challenges that spark ideas, and later are formed into new things. Obviously, while creating something, we might not understand the impact right away - imagine the world without technologies we are so used to.
Best advice for next generation?
Don't let others think or make decisions for you. Be stubborn, be determined - always think for yourself. Rarely there exist only one way to correct solution or destination. Some ways might be faster and easier, but series of mistakes might lead to the best possible result.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Never memorize something that you can look up.” - Albert Einstein