In the past, I disliked being asked “So, what is your background?” as I felt at a disadvantage because I didn’t have a traditional statistics/programming/computer science background.
So I started reading about how diversity is the key to innovation and commercial success. I then realised my different background was not a disadvantage but an advantage.
Now I can say I have the perfect background for innovation in data science and advanced analytics.
My background couldn’t be more diverse. I’ve worked for large organisations as well as start-ups, I’ve worked in product development, marketing and consulting, I have experience leading teams as well as delivering projects myself. I’ve won awards and seen projects fail. I bring a unique perspective and a blend of skills to my work in Strategic Innovation.
I am a voracious learner and the more I read about predictive analytics, the more passionate I become about its power and potential. Using MOOCs and online learning, I learnt how to formulate analytic questions from business problems and how to use SQL, Python and Jupyter Notebook. I connected with people working in advanced analytics on LinkedIn and in person at events like Bristol Data Scientists.
I saw I could add value to a company by combining my business experience with a knowledge and understanding of data science. Mango Solutions has given me the opportunity to do just that.
There are so many ways Mango Solutions is a brilliant place to work as a woman. I have a young family so most importantly for me, they have created a working environment where I can thrive in a senior role whilst still having a family life.
In a world where the majority of companies struggle to create workplaces where women can thrive, I am proud to say that Mango is excelling in creating a culture and working practices that support female leadership.