On 6 June 2018, we hosted the first meeting of the Poznan chapter of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS). The meet-up, organised by Agnieszka Kubiak and Monika Koprowska, aims to build a local community of women who work (or would like to start working) with data.
Together with my colleagues Emilia Pankowska and Nikoleta Lindenau, I had the pleasure of sharing our thoughts about our experience in data science. We decided to talk about those skills we found useful in our role as data scientists – but which we weren’t explicitly taught at university. Emilia talked about the importance of communicative skills and processes, e.g. regular check-ins with your internal/external clients, and presenting findings at a level appropriate to the target audience. Nikoleta stressed that your work is only a good as your ability to effectively collaborate with others, and she shared her favourite productivity tips. Finally, I talked about those skills that we use in our daily work that are often overlooked during data-oriented university programmes (e.g. working with Git, operations from the command line, setting up machines in AWS, etc). See our slides here.
This event gathered a lot of people (also men) connected by our interest in data. I am looking forward to next meeting to learn new interesting things, and to get to know more people who share the same passion.
Big thanks to Dominika Kostrzewska, PR & Office Manager at Pearson Poznań, for supporting the organisation of this event!