Uncovering career passion in data science

It was the buzz of being able to help businesses make fast, data-driven decisions that led Yulia Kim into a career in data science, which has included a stint working at one of Silicon Valley’s largest tech giants. Now a Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst at GoCardless, she shares her advice for women considering a career in STEM, why it's important to follow your passion and how her current employer supports her in “so many ways”.

After studying economics at university, Yulia wasn’t entirely sure what career path she wanted to take. But it was seeing how data could be used to make better business decisions that enticed her into a career in data analytics.

"While interning at Songkick, a live music directory, I remember the team showcasing what they'd worked on that week and someone shared some analysis they’d done on the marketing funnel, from which business decisions were made," she recalls.

"I was impressed by how you could quickly spin up some data analysis and that led to...

 

 

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Talking menopause in the workplace

As Chair of Southeastern’s Women in Rail Empowerment (WIRE) group, Natalie Leister has spearheaded an initiative to raise awareness of menopause symptoms and provide greater support for employees impacted. She discusses what has been implemented, her learnings and why it’s so important for other employers to follow suit.
Breaking the stigma
Nearly two-thirds of women in the workplace experiencing the menopause say it has a negative impact on their work, citing issues such as reduced concentration, increased stress, confusion and a lack of confidence. Yet only 5 percent of UK businesses have a dedicated menopause policy.

"Menopause has just been that taboo topic that nobody talks about – not even your Mum!" says Leister. "Your mother talks to you about going through puberty and childbirth, but not about this. Yet it’s a natural phase in a woman’s life – the conversation needs to be normalised."

With more women increasingly going through the menopause during their working lives, ...

 

 

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Need a career change? Here’s 6 steps to make it happen

Are you ready for a career change? If so, you’re not alone. According to a London Business School study, half the UK workforce (47%) would like to move into a new career. But how do you turn this dream into action?

Whether your career goals have changed, your industry has been disrupted or you’re just feeling unfulfilled, here are six steps to help give your career a makeover:
1. Think about the why
The first step requires some self-reflection. Why do you want to change careers and what is it that you’re looking for from your next move? Maybe it’s a bigger challenge, better work/life balance or the ability to make more money. Be clear on what it is you do want and what you don’t want, as this will help shape where to from here.
2. Identify some alternative career options
If you know you want to change careers but are not sure what to, think about your interests, your passions and what drives you, and how this could translate into a profession. You can also seek the advice of fam...

 

 

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Up your research game with these unorthodox resources

Original ideas and new avenues of research can be found in some of the more unorthodox locations, on and offline, so here is a guide to some of the more unusual resources available.

Whilst standard resources available in academic libraries are important and should always be the first port of call for any research project, chosen or assigned, there are several less common resources that are worth exploring. They may require extra time and diligence but can pay dividends and find references that might otherwise elude you.
Wikipedia
Despite its reputation for dubious accuracy, in recent years Wikipedia has worked harder than most websites to give its entries a much stronger factual basis and each entry has references section which lists the basis for every assertion. Entries may also have a bibliography and external links. Wikipedia's Reliable Sources guidelines mean that many of these links are to scholarly sources. So, as well as providing an overview of a subject in the main secti...

 

 

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Are you an accidental academic parent?

Would you say “no” to a student who “wants a chat” about how their course is going? Could you? Should you? What about the colleague who wants a coffee to get your opinion on how they are being managed? If you can’t say no to these, you may have accidentally become a 'department parent'.
What is a department parent?
Academia runs on two types of labour: intellectual and emotional. Intellectual labour includes activities like research and supervising graduate students, and is rewarded with promotion and grants. Teaching is increasingly valued as intellectual labour, though still not rewarded sufficiently. Emotional labour – the managing of our own and other’s emotions in order that others are kept safe and happy – comes largely with teaching positions and administrative roles such as programme leader, course director, and personal tutor.

If everyone were taking on emotional labour service roles equally, they could be viewed as necessary citizenship. Unfortunately, there is plenty of...

 

 

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