What degree did you study at university?
University of Cape Town (UCT), Bachelor of Business Science (BBUSSC) majoring in Analytics and Statistics.
What is your role at Nedbank?
I am a Quantitative Analyst Trainee currently in Retail Business Banking: Card Analytics Rotation – Acquisition Team.
Can you tell us why you chose this career?
I had already worked in a couple start-ups but wanted to gain experience in a big company. Nedbank and banking seemed like a great opportunity to build on skills I learnt at University and use those skills to make a difference in South Africa. I wanted to learn how to approach and use data in a meaningful way. Banks have a lot of data, where I could learn how to understand it and then apply it in a relevant way.
What’s a typical day like in your job?
Before Lockdown: Get to work at around 6:45 AM, certain ad-hoc tasks, normally a mid-morning coffee break, work on bigger projects assigned to me, meetings, good banter within the team.
After Lockdown: Start similar time (except can work in sweatpants), certain adhoc tasks, continue with the coffee breaks, work on bigger projects assigned to me, meetings (Skype), still good banter (now over Skype calls).
What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?
The team has given me a lot of responsibility from the first week. Every task I have done has been used in some way which means the work I am doing is relevant. Biggest achievement so far is probably building an Income Estimator Model that the team can use. In one month, I have definitely increased my technical skills. The biggest challenge for me was that I set myself a goal to learn the coding languages for my specific team as quickly as possible. Every team has their preferred coding languages and the faster you are able to learn, the faster you can make an impact. Trying to understand all the data thrown at you is sometimes very confusing but the team is there for you to ask all the questions you need to.
How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?
The Nedbank Risk Business School is a very good platform to increase your knowledge in what Quants can do and how they can do it in the banking sector. I also read articles on LinkedIn and Medium as well as listening to the occasional podcast.
What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?
I enjoy exercise – anything to get me outdoors – so running, tennis and soccer. There is a Nedbank Trainee Soccer Team which is a great way to socialize with your fellow trainees and others. I also enjoy going out and finding interesting restaurants and good food. My friends and I have a group where we do a ‘MasterChef/Come Dine With Me’ evening once a month which is also a lot of fun.