So you wanna be a data scientist? Check this advice!

Data scientist

Are you a future data scientist? Want some hot tips from STEM pros who have been there and done that?

Check out this excellent career advice from three data scientists working in disability support services, business solutions and health.

1. Adam Benari

Adam Benari, data scientist

Adam Benari completed a double degree in psychology and commerce at Macquarie University and now uses data science to improve disability support services. His advice for young people interested in a STEM or data career is to follow your passion. “That has to be the driver of everything you do.”

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2. Reina Reyes

Reina Reyes - data scientist

Philippines-based Reina Reyes leads a team of data scientists and engineers to develop analytics solutions for big businesses. Her top tip for anyone wanting to break into a similar field is to go for it! “Find a mentor who can help guide you through the journey. It is one of the most fulfilling and worthwhile careers you can pursue.”

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3. Jane Shrapnel

Jane Shrapnel

Meet principal data scientist, Jane Shrapnel. It’s her job to figure out how data can be used to improve patient care and outcomes at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Keen on data science or a gig in health? Don’t drop maths! Jane says that maths is useful not just in her role as a data scientist, but in any healthcare job. “Every level of the hospital requires some level of data literacy skills.”

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Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.


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