Visiting behind the scenes of a workplace and talking to professionals is a valuable experience for all students and helps give international students a glimpse of Kiwi workplace culture.
Staff in UC Service Departments have been supporting student learning by showing their office spaces and communicating what they do, the opportunities in their profession and what skills are most valued. Sometimes they even get inspiration from students.
Data Science student, Manju Sabareesh, shares her experience:
“I attended a workplace visit organised by UC Careers on 30 July. This was a great chance to meet the analytics team of UC on the 5th floor of Central Library and discover how the department is set up to work for
a such a huge organisation. Meg from UC Careers introduced us to Cameron Mair, who is a Business Analyst within the Business Insight and Reporting Team.
Cameron explained how the team play with data and make meaningful reports and dashboards to help Management and Marketing teams work efficiently. They deal with big projects and a lot of ad-hoc queries. One interesting issue that they are working on is “space” analysis and a UC computer science student is involved with the team in counting current space utilisation. By checking how the existing spaces at UC are utilised they can cater for an increase in new courses and students, so this analysis helps the university to grow. Amazing, isn’t?
Cameron kept on patiently answering our questions and we four enthusiastic students gave our minds and ears to his talk. He mentioned that his team has a diverse range of skills and is evolving through new tools and techniques to provide more live and interactive dashboards. I learned that they are moving from Cognos to Power BI and Cameron does presentations of his reports to internal clients in a story telling mode.
I asked him to consider creating events involving data science, financecomputer science students in hackathons to explore and develop some relevant issues at UC. He liked the idea and I am excited to see that he is making it happen along with WiTSoc and CompSoc on 13 and 14 July. This visit turned out to be a fruitful networking opportunity for mutual advantage!”
– Manju Sabareesh