“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes of you.”
– Maya Angelou

It’s not easy to figure out what’s next after high school and its not a decision to take lightly. Sometimes, we end up selecting our path based on advice from people around us to make others happy, rather than pursuing our own dreams. My name is Seema Gupta and I’m excited to share my story with you.

“I have always been fascinated by programming languages – a language that is understood by both machines and humans”
– Seema Gupta

I’ll admit that data management and analytics wasn’t exactly my preferred career choice when I started pursuing my Master of Computer Applications but through my experiences, I fell in love with data management and analytics and today, I am fortunate to say that I have found my passion and I’m doing what I love. Here are 5 life lessons data taught me and I hope they empower you as you pursue your own path!

 

1. Making Smart Decisions

I was never fond of making decisions based on hunch, but data never lies. Data and analytics have real influence on the decisions a business makes. Data has taught me how to make strategic, informed decisions.

 

2. Solving Mysteries – Data puts the pieces together

Growing up, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fiction instilled a love for solving mysteries in me and I drew parallel in solving the Data mysteries. Data management & Analytics is more like an art of turning data into actionable insights. It feels great to be part of something where I can solve “data mysteries” for the greater good.

 

3. Thinking outside the box

Data has taught me to think outside the box! Data management can be applied to many areas of life but appears in different ways. For example, I work with healthcare data but if you’re a sports fan, sports data could help you predict the next winning NFL team. The possibilities are endless!

 

4. Learn something new, every day

Being able to learn something new is rewarding! As a Data Management SME, I need to know programming languages. Right now, I’m in the process of learning new programming languages, which will open up doors to solve new complex business problems – with machine learning data, I’ll be teaching computers how to learn!

 

5. There is bright future ahead

Data scientists top the list of tech jobs around the world! When I tell my friends and family that I work in the field of Data management and Analytics, they want to know more and I’m excited to share all I know. 🙂