Antigoni Zisi - Data Analyst - HPE Financial Services
Issued: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 BST
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I like watching sports (especially football) and I used to be in my school’s basketball team.
Tell us about your career journey so far
I hold a MEng in Chemical Engineering (5-years course) from the NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. When I first came to Glasgow for my master’s degree, I had on mind that I would return to Greece after completing my studies. However, I loved living in Scotland therefore I decided to stay and pursue a career over here.
I got my first job as a business analyst and I thought that this career switch would be temporary. However, as I was exploring the analytics area, I started finding it very fascinating so, I became very keen on keep walking on this new path and that’s what I did.
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
When I was in school, I really enjoyed chemistry and particularly studying the chemical reactions. I still remember the sense of accomplishment and the excitement when writing right an equation for a complicated organic reaction!
What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?
There is no doubt that maths is the most useful subject for my current role. Although the work I do is very different to what I studied I feel that my engineering studies equipped me with a mindset and a skillset that are both beneficial to the work I do. Problem solving, attention to detail and data analysis techniques are all skills I developed while studying and at the same time are skills that I use in my work.
What is a normal day in your role like?
A typical day at work starts with making a big cup of coffee, turning on my laptop and sitting in front of two monitors. First, I will go through my e-mails and I will action them as needed. I will then focus on the reporting tasks of the day which means analysing data and information and preparing reports. During the day I also participate in meetings/ phone calls.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I like the variety of tasks my role entails. In addition, quite often I need to learn, explore and work on new tools and this is something I appreciate as I have always wanted to keep my brain challenged. Being a data analyst is exciting because it’s an area that keeps evolving.
Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
It’s really hard to suggest an activity around data analysis that can be done at home but thought I could share a recent article around Covid-19 data which shows how important is to use the appropriate tools and methods in order to process data correctly.
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