What do you do?
Transforming data from disparate numbers into something meaningful, and with social impact. Using data as a key enabler to drive actionable insights and impactful recommendations. Visualising data and making it more "digestible" for everyone.
Why did you choose this field?
I chose to pursue Social Data Analytics, as I was always interested in contributing to society. I pursued a BA in Psychology as I was fascinated with human behaviour, decision-making and understanding the complexity of humans. In completing a thesis, I realised I was more interested in research and data analytics than Clinical Psychology. However, I was still infatuated with Social Psychology. Social Data Analytics was the right combination, enabling me to combine my interests. I realised I wanted to pursue Data Analytics because I realised how enjoyable I found it, and how excited I was to elicit important insight from disparate data sources. Moreover, I ultimately chose Data Analytics as I wanted to enable better informed decision-making, using data and evidence.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Attaining a First Class Honours in both my degrees was definitely a moment of pride and achievement for myself. I worked hard, and juggled a part-time job while striving to attain good grades. I never would have thought I would be able to achieve more than I had anticipated. I worked hard, not necessarily expecting a fair return. I wish younger me would have known this was possible so that I worried less (!)
Why do you love working in STEM?
I enjoy working in STEM because it's always a new and exciting field. There are always new revelations, new changes and new discoveries. That's the basics of Science. Exploring hypotheses, testing them and there's always a space for further research. I wake up looking forward to new prospects, new discoveries and new challenges. It keeps life fun.
Best advice for next generation?
The best advice I can give is to follow your heart, and to rethink the impossible. If STEM is what you want to pursue, then don't let anything hold you back. There is a tonne of support out there.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
I have 2! This above all, to thine own self be true. Also, however bad life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at.