Why become a Data Scientist?
All three team members get something different out of their roles, and they’re all passionate about what they do. Andriy says it’s the ‘science’ part of Data Science that really appeals to him. “You run experiments and don’t always know where you’re going to end up. There’s way less certainty than a role like traditional software development – but that’s what makes it interesting,” he explains. For Daphne, it’s the scientific part, plus the dynamic nature of the role she appreciates. “I enjoy seeing new signals in the data – it’s exciting to use different theories and experiments to work out why something is happening,” she says.
One key aspect that comes up when talking about Data Science at Zühlke is the community of practice around it. The Data Scientists within the organisation, as well as colleagues interested in the subject, all support each other through formal and informal channels. “It’s all about growing Zühlke’s Data Science capability at the end of the day,” says Simon. He mentions initiatives like building a stock of documentation of past projects to aid with sales and delivery, working together to design new Standard Data Offerings, and doing charitable outreach for non-profits, as just some examples.
A common theme that comes through again and again is the feeling of satisfaction each member of the team gets when all their hard work pays off, and they see the value of their efforts in the real world. This could be as large-scale as helping develop the models behind the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace App, or something as everyday as automatic claims assessment on an insurance app to make people’s lives just that much easier. Plus, as Simon says, “Even now it still feels like a bit of magic every time you get results.”
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