Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes

Senior Director, Data Managment


Travelers

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I recognized the demand in the industry. I think sometimes we try to specialize in a specific discipline, and then find that work in the market. I observed the trend of jobs in the market instead.
I was fortunate early in my career to work at a small consulting company. A particular person helped me. He took the time to mentor me, and teach me to program on computers. This was pivotal.
Working in IT wasn't always straight forward in the 80s and 90s. There were new frontiers in technology, and learning and adapting to these was challenging. Hard work and commitment is key.
When times were difficult during my career, I sought out people to help me. I was fortunate to find talented people, who did not hesitate to share skills. It is important to look for help when needed.
Working in business in the last 5 years has been challenging, but also rewarding. Development methodologies have changed dramatically. Continually looking to learn new things is valuable in a career.
Today I enjoy my job. But this has been a journey full of challenges, and sometimes I was side-tracked in my career. Keeping a focus on personal and professional goals is extremely important.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Business/Managerial
Westfield State University
Certification/License
Data Processing / IT Certificaiton
Business Education Institute

Career

Senior Director, Data Managment

I oversee a Team responsible for the execution of data governance, data quality and data knowledge ntegration processes.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Entrepreneurship
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

In Data Management, we enable insight into Travelers' complex network of systems and data flow. In that context, we may be working with the business to drive out business definitions for particular data fields, connecting multiple data stores to depict impact analysis between systems, or measuring data quality content in our important data resources. There is a large variety of work each day, providing good connection to our business and IT partners.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Data analysis, data modeling, project management in a corporate environment, communication (both oral and written), data integration, relationship management, business naming ability, empathy, ability to set direction and lead, strong listening skills, patience and compassion.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I feel that learning from someone who is actually performing a role of interest to you is very important. And ideally shadowing a person can provide important insight into a job someone feels they want to perform, or create awareness of a different role as well.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Managerial
certification
Certification/License
Data Processing / IT Certificaiton

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Over time, I've worked with folks who perceive obstacles instead of opportunities. I feel that this can be part of human nature. So on occasion, I've heard some pessimistic assessments on the ability to deliver a project or a product."

Challenges I Overcame

Working for a Manager who Hampered My Career