Junior Business Data Analyst, Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions
Third Year | Mathematics-Economics, International Studies Minor | Muir College
I analyze and create reports of UCSD spend data, employee and customer survey response data, and help desk case data. My job is unique because I get to be creative, input my ideas, come up with the best ways to think about and visualize data, and do not repeat the same processes every day.
Q: How did you find out about your current job? A: I originally started in marketing for a different IPPS group, which I found out about on Port Triton, and then I asked to switch to the Business Analytics team to match my changing career interests. Prior to this, I worked as a receptionist in high school, worked in marketing for a different IPPS group for a year and a half, and then this past year have worked in my current position for the Business Analytics team.
Q: What is your favorite part about your job? A: I get to be creative, am asked for my opinion and come up with solutions. I feel like I am learning and contributing. Additionally, the work environment and people are great!
Q: Is this job in line with your career goals? A: I chose this job because I wanted to gain skills in data analysis because I want to go into a data-driven field. I want to work in research and evaluation of international development programs, which requires the ability to understand, manipulate, visualize, and clearly present data.
Q: What advice do you have for fellow student workers? A: Be proactive, voice your good ideas and opinions, and most importantly don’t be afraid to ask for opportunities – don’t wait for them to come to you. The only way people will offer you what you are looking for is if you ask them for it or if you get lucky. All of my opportunities have come to me because I asked for them or sought them out, and worst case they just say no! In my experience, people are more responsive to enthusiasm,
willingness and ability to learn, and showing potential than they are to someone who is already skilled or experienced.