I have no formal training as a mathematician, statistician, or computer programmer; as a child, I struggled in math and science. BUT – I earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics-Finance from Bentley University and now I’m working as a data analyst – programmer – science team member at a Boston startup.
The year before I graduated (1997), I landed a job with Technical Data, a now defunct unit of Thomson Financial Services. As a foreign exchange technical analyst and eurodollar analyst, I developed portfolio trading analytics for Institutional Investors. I also provided market commentary for Reuters Financial TV, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
I moved to sell-side financial services in 2000 when I joined Strategic Financial Partners, and spent the next 9 years in risk management, marketing and compliance roles.
Between 2010 and 2012, I was afforded the opportunity to acquire operation, strategy and leadership skills and spent 2011 and 2012 managing district operations for LG Electronics northern New England consumer business.
Following a company-wide layoff in 2012, 2013-2016 were filled with on-line study in Python, R, statistics and Linux and a property management role.
2017 – An Atypical Data Scientist Emerges!
Firstly, I met my future boss, Noah Wilson-Rich, at an urban agriculture conference. Concurrently, I enrolled in Northeastern University’s data analytics bootcamp and began working at The Best Bees Company for my Capstone project. In June, I received an offer of employment and have enjoyed every moment. I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects involving the Internet of Things, biomimetics, Python and Linux and project-team management. I am using all of the skills acquired since graduating from Bentley College in 1997 and continue to do so. And now you know why I’m an atypical data scientist!