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Become a data scientist

I am a Data Scientist for a fintech start-up, Tic:Toc Home Loans – the world’s first instant home loan.

Each day there are new challenges requiring timely and informed decisions. The pace is fast, the environment is fun and optimism abounds! My role is to ensure data informs decision making and identifies opportunities. Data Science skills are key; allowing me to extract, integrate, model, predict and simulate business outcomes.

Despite the fast pace you still need a disciplined approach to each challenge. It’s critical to define the problem, then research, design, test and implement sound solutions. For a data-driven product, embracing Data Science at each step of the user experience is very important. Equally as important is communication and relationship development. I need to engage with diverse stakeholders from business through to technology, articulating challenges and solutions in audience specific language.

Postgraduate study for me was an opportunity to retrain; to learn a new discipline that encompasses amazing mathematical & statistical techniques. It uses some incredibly advanced technology and is obviously an industry on the rise; it’s rapidly evolving.

One of the benefits of studying online was the flexibility I had with my schedule. I enjoyed working online with a comprehensive and up to date online portal. I found the academics to be very responsive and more than happy to work through challenges, even outside normal office hours.

Data Science at the University of South Australia will expose you to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Data Science techniques, from crafting machine learning algorithms by hand to working with industry on real-world problems with advanced technology stacks.

But just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s more relaxed! It does however let you choose a routine that works for you. Once you’ve found your routine, stick to it! Online study doesn’t need to be lonely either…Talk to students and academics in the forums and use the collaboration tools available to you.

Richard  Shanahan - Graduate
Master of Data Science

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