What degree did you study at university?
BSc. Chemical Engineering University of Cape Town
What is your role at Sanlam?
Data Analytics Trainee
Can you tell us why you chose this career?
I decided to further my studies and did my MSc. in Chemical Engineering. During this research, I realized how much data can be generated in a short space of time. I understood that the analysis and interpretation of the generated data is the most integral part of the research. I found it interesting to see how different programming languages enables one to do this very efficiently and gives more time to play with the data. With my problem solving skills and a bit of background in programming, going into data analytics seemed like a great opportunity and a challenge to expand in this new interest. This was one path that is not necessarily in my field of study but at the same time it still enables me to use the skills I have acquired from my university studies.
What’s a typical day like in your job?
Extracting data from one source, exporting data, creating dashboards, Giving insights, suggesting changes to be made. Creating models for cleaning up data. Feedback meetings, planning meetings. Learning new programming languages and software.
What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?
Having to take up a project which requires new technical skills and have to complete the task within the designated time.
How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?
One thing I accepted when I took up this role was that I am heading towards a year of discomfort. I knew many new things were coming my way and I am willing to take each batch as it comes. The amazing part about the environment that I work in is the availability of resources. That being both people and material resources. It is a safe space for learning and making mistakes and there is a lot of people who are more than willing to help. All I need in order to keep up to date with the changes is a willing mindset and courage to make mistakes. I also view changes as an opportunity to be innovative.
What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?
Reading. Interacting with people. Playing games. Watching K-drama.