Senior Data Analyst
Senior Data Analyst
I deal with big data analytics and build models and visualizations based on that data.
I wake up around 7:00 a.m. and go for a jog. I arrive at the office at 9:30 a.m. and I have a daily standup meeting at 10:30, so I'll try to have learned something new before that meeting; for example, I'll study a new model or algorithm that I can present at standup. Then I'll start my work; oftentimes that involves working on in-house requests from our product manager. In the afternoon, I'll have a meeting following up on my work for the day, then I get off of work at around 6:00 p.m.
There are technology skills that are needed, for example, knowing how to model big data for classifications or predictions. There are also some soft skills that are needed, like being able to communicate well with your team. For me, I need to be able to take instruction from a project manager, then I need to be able to communicate my needs to our data scientists. Also, time management is important; you'll have multiple projects going on, so you need to be able to both prioritize and multitask.
Here's the first step for high school students
The most important first step you can take is to decide what you're really interested in, THEN start pursuing the skills needed. I had to take a wide variety of classes before I started to realize that data was what I was truly interested in, and then from there, I could start to take more and more courses that would focus in on that area.
"You should move back to China; it's too difficult to find a job in the U.S."
I had all of my friends and family back in China, and they were encouraging me to move back home. It would've been easier for me to find a job in China, but I definitely would've been staying within my comfort zone, and I'm the kind of person who likes a challenge. I actually learn faster in the U.S., where I always have to keep on top of the latest trends and technology, so I knew that to be happy, I had to push myself our of that comfort zone and stay here in America.