What degree did you study at university?
BSc Honours In Quantitative Risk Management, North West University
Can you tell us why you chose this career?
I have always had a passion for mathematics, statistics, programming and solving problems. My dream job has always been one where I can apply all these skills and derive value for a business. All these attributes form part of my daily job and my knowledge of them improves on a continuous basis, in the environment that I am in. I am happy!!
What’s a typical day like in your job?
My typical day starts with a stand-up session, where everyone in the team gives an update on the project that they are working on. Some days involve meeting the stakeholders that you are doing the project for and presenting your findings. The scope of the projects is mostly related to Data Science.
What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?
One of the biggest challenges I faced was understanding the vastness of the business and the different products. Fortunately, the rotations through the different business units improved my understanding and commercial acumen. We were also exposed to different programming languages, and here is where I made use of the LinkedIn Learning platform, which is available to all the employees of Standard Bank, and the Data Science communities.
How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?
Research is very important because there is a lot of development in the Data Science space with regards to the software and the techniques.
Having proper planning, time management and asking questions is key.
What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, learning and understanding how scientific concepts are applied in our everyday life and playing football.