Every month we speak to 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 Trainee Developer - Leah Woodhead - who talks tech, travel and Yorkshire tea.
While I am new to both the tech industry and the BI sector, there are so many things that attracted me towards BI and embedded analytics. First and foremost, data is an immensely powerful tool that, when used in the right ways, can fuel positive and meaningful change. Accessibility is the key here – if data is not accessible then it cannot be utilised, and the idea of providing this value to such a variety of customers is exciting and rewarding.
After being in the BI sector for just a couple of months, I have already seen the variety of insights we can provide to people and how it can help businesses move forward. Any organisation can benefit from data analytics and it is great to be a part of something that can be taken in so many directions!
I started just a couple of weeks ago during lockdown, so I haven’t had the chance to go into the office or meet any of my colleagues. Nonetheless, I feel so welcomed by everyone especially as people have made the effort to introduce themselves and answer any questions I have.
I have experienced the amazing company culture - people’s achievements are constantly acknowledged, there are lots of opportunities and resources for self-development, and room to contribute ideas not just within your team but for the whole company.
Specific to the role I am in, I love that just a couple of weeks in I am already working on exciting projects and features that customers will get to use. However, there is no pressure to get things right the first time or learn the whole dashboard as quickly as possible – it is okay to go at my own pace, make mistakes, and explore the things that interest me the most!
My answer to this is currently very different to how it would be outside of lockdown. Before the pandemic started I was in my final year of University, so admittedly I spent a lot of time having drinks with my friends between some late-night library sessions.
Since I have been home, I have spent a lot of time going on walks with my family, catching up on Netflix series and telling myself every day that I’m going to start running. My main focus for the past couple months has been learning to code, alongside other hobbies such as cooking and reading. However, my favourite thing to do is travel!
My favourite places I've travelled to so far are: Peru, Mexico for the amazing food and beaches, and I've loved every European city that I have visited, such as Budapest and Berlin. If it's possible I would love to visit more of South America next year as I'm really keen on going to Brazil and Argentina.
Coming from a non-traditional background, there are certain things that have really helped me on my journey into tech. The first thing is getting involved – attending talks, taking courses and engaging with people who already work in the tech sector is a great way to show willingness to learn and commitment to the industry.
A very easy thing you can do to get started is to follow tech accounts on Instagram, (for example @CodeFirstGirls, @GirlCode or @SleeplessYogi) LinkedIn and other social media. These are great places to hear about other people’s journeys into tech, and it makes you realise it can be possible for you too!
Another important bit of advice is not to put your previous experience or hobbies aside. Roles in tech do not necessarily have to be technical, so any skills you have gained in previous jobs or study will be beneficial coming into the industry and may be what helps you to stand out.
My family love going for walks in the countryside so we’ve been all over the Yorkshire Dales – nothing quite beats a summer day driving through the country roads then enjoying the scenery while having a picnic. Also, it houses Wensleydale Creamery which is probably one of my favourite places in the UK.
Aside from the Dales, there are so many lovely towns and villages in Yorkshire that have been great to explore over the past year while staying local. However, I do have to say that my favourite thing about Yorkshire overall is Yorkshire tea – the amount I have gone through in lockdown is quite ridiculous!
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