To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, this week we will be bringing you a series of guest blogs from leading senior females in Data and Analytics. They will be discussing their success, career-defining moments and what advice they would give to another female looking to pursue a similar career. This is what Dr. Hua Lin, Senior Leader in Data and Analytics had to say.
Profile: Hua is a data scientist at heart and has been applying those skills to real-world business problems for the last 18 years. Her strong academic background and passion for very technical work comes from her Masters in Maths and the PhD in Information Systems. She spent the first 7 years of her career in the Finance and Banking Sector, leading several high-profile projects at ING, Veda and CBA. In the last decade, Hua has made extensive use of technology and data mining techniques to identify industry trends and new developments in the market to help drive business change and provide real commercial value to businesses from using data effectively.
What are the key habits that you feel make you successful?
What's the most valuable piece of advice you have received in your career and how did it help you?
The most valuable advice is to focus on what you are good at! You will enjoy it and have a passion for it. Importantly, you are motivated with great positive energy.
I love being hands-on with the day to day technical work as that is what I trained to do. It’s the application of that into the real world and creating commercial value which is my passion and very rewarding. I have experience building strong teams and believe that my style and technical strength gets positive buy-in from my teams. I believe I’m an outcome focussed person which stakeholders appreciate.
What's the most challenging situation you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
It reminds me of my previous role at MedicalDirector where I built a Data Science function from scratch. I faced a lot of challenges as it really was a greenfield site with no data science capability. I engaged with the stakeholders understanding business problems and scoped and defined roadmap and initiatives fit for purpose, ensure to get SLT and stakeholders buy-in. The most challenging was to form a top performing team with the right skill set of individuals to achieve the defined roadmap. Fortunately, I had the great support from SLT, which enabled me to build the team and delivered huge business value in a relatively short time.
How do you approach making a difficult decision?
What do you believe will be the most in-demand skills over the next 10 years within (insert discipline) and why?
I believe the following skills will be in high demand over the next 10 years;
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