Adam Benari uses data science to improve disability support services.
For 24-year-old Adam Benari, his path to becoming a data scientist at Hireup, one
of the leading disability support providers in Australia, began as a family affair. His mum, who worked as an occupational therapist while Adam was growing up, found her way into support work at Hireup, which inspired him to give it a go, too.
Adam worked with people with disabilities and gained crucial experience in the
admin department while he was studying at uni. From there, he contacted the
head of data at Hireup and soon found himself a member of the team.
The role of a data scientist is extremely collaborative. “It’s all about using
analytical skills and tools to help companies answer business problems and
identify trends,” says Adam. One of the projects he’s most proud of is Hireup’s
recommendations engine. It seeks to match data from the 20,000 profiles on the
site to pair up support workers and people with disabilities who might be well suited.
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The goal for the data science team at Hireup is to move the company, and the
disability sector as a whole, forward in a positive direction.
Adam says young people interested in a STEM career should “follow their
passion. That has to be the driver of everything you do.”
Adam’s study and career pathway
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Commerce (Business Information Systems), Macquarie University
- Support worker, Hireup
- Data analyst, Hireup
- Data scinetist, Hireup
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Maths & Data 2021.
Author: Hannah Diviney
Hannah Diviney is a passionate twenty-something writer from Sydney. You can find her on Instagram @hannahthewildflower or on Twitter @hannah_diviney