Karen Hogan | Content Manager | Inside Pi

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Sam Baldwin
28/05/2021
Each month we introduce one of the Panintelligence team to get their take on what life is like inside (and outside) of a SaaS BI company. This month we hear from Karen Hogan - Content Manager - who talks data, Haworth and heavy metal.

What do you enjoy about working in the BI sector?

I like data! Simple as that really. I like how you can take a table of data and using our embedded analytics tools you can turn it into something really visual and easy to understand.

Helen Hogan

What makes Panintelligence a good place to work?

I wanted a bit of a change from what I’d been doing for the last 20 plus years and I’ve always enjoyed writing documents and help aids. This role helps me to combine this and training which I still enjoy doing. It can be challenging at times but I’m never stuck for something to do and it’s a very varied role so I’m always busy.

Outside of work – how do you spend your time?

I’m usually at a Rugby match, union of course, supporting my local team, Sale Sharks, I’m a season ticket holder. If I’m not there I’ll be at a gig – I love heavy metal and rock music  - Disturbed is my current favourite band, I’ve seen them in concert many time along with some of my other favourites Iron Maiden, Volbeat, Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm.

Sale Sharks Rugby

I also love going to the theatre – I’ve seen lots of shows from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to Dirty Dancing and Billy Elliott. I spend some part of every day in the gym or walking in the local park – I do lots of challenges as well and I’m now down to the last 60 miles of the Lands End to John O Groats virtual challenge.

I enjoy crafting and making things – I have so many projects on the go at the moment, just need some time to actually finish some of them.

What advice would you give to people interested in working in the tech sector?

Try it; it’s such a varied industry and there are roles to suit almost everyone. I’m a qualified IT Systems Trainer and have spent a large part of my working life training end users in many different off the shelf and bespoke packages. You don’t need to be really ‘techie’ to work in the tech sector although it’s amazing how quickly you start getting used to the terminology etc.

If you weren’t working for pi – what would you be doing?

I’d probably be running a craft shop somewhere with my best friend or working in one of the theme parks in Florida – I go there as often as I can.

Hard Rock Cafe Florida

What’s your favourite place/thing about the Yorkshire area?

I was born and raised in Yorkshire and although I live in another county now, we won’t mention which one, I always feel better when I go back to Yorkshire. I don’t think I appreciated it as much when I was younger but it’s such a beautiful county.

There are so many great places to visit, one of my favourites is Haworth. I was born just outside Haworth, in Denholme, and my husband and I love to spend a day there walking up the main street, looking in all the lovely shops and having lunch in the Black Bull.

Black Bull Pub Haworth

It always amazes me that no matter where I go in the world people always recognise the Yorkshire accent – I was at the top of the Eiffel Tower once and someone said to me ‘You’re from Bradford’ – so specific, it wasn’t just Yorkshire, they pinned it down to my home town.

The school I attended as a teenager was where the film ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’ was made – I spent most of my lessons watching the filming instead of paying attention to the subject!

Interested in joining the Panintelligence team? Take a look at our work for pi page to see the latest vacancies.

 

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