I had six-year work experience before enrolling in the postgraduate course in IT industry as a marketing manager and sales. While working in the IT industry, especially when considering the field of data science, I felt that I wanted to work as an engineer instead. At that time, the phenomenon of “Internet of Things (IoT)” and “Big data” has just occurred and was accelerating exponentially, and so I feel it would be exciting to experience this directly.
In order to switch my career from management to an engineer and obtain theoretical knowledge, I enrolled in a MSc Statistics at the University of Glasgow because, from my experience in IT industry, I felt abstract and mathematical knowledge were areas which I needed to improve in the most. After the acquisition of theoretical statistical knowledge in classes on the 1st semester and some machine-learning myself, I joined ICAN Future Star Ltd as an algorithm developer aiming to develop a good product from my expertise as well as obtain further IT skills. I quickly realised that it was very rewarding. The team members respected each other, and when I came up with innovative ideas, they were quickly accepted and adopted to the R&D roadmap. Moreover, due to the small size of the team, each member needed to cover a broad range of technologies on the project.
At this moment, I am taking responsibility to draw a proposal for investment on our project, particularly with the aspect of developing innovative machine-learning algorithms. To obtain the funding successfully, I have to justify to the funding body why I chose specific technology regarding the models of the machine-learning algorithm and the selection of a range of variables. This allows me to dive into the technologies more deeply to demonstrate how we can develop and implement the innovative technology successfully.
I finished my Bachelor degree in China, 2012 and worked as a front-end web developer for two years. At that time, with the prevalence of Big Data, I became increasingly curious about this unique field, so I decided to go abroad and do a Master in Data Science at UofG. However, I never thought that I could get an internship during my study and work with a team full of talents.
In the first month, I mainly focused on developing websites and some small projects to help the marketing campaigns. Working as a team is what I like most about my job. I like doing promotional video with Joyce(see above). She always can propose some new ideas. I like working with Kaj. When we were deploying our website(unim.co.uk), his wisdom, calm, problem-solving and decision-making skills gave me a deep impression. It has the same situation when communicating with Kazu, which is my Japanese colleague, and Olivia. I have learnt really really a lot knowledge about data analytics and business operations.
This is my first job in abroad. Obviously, it is a huge challenge for me. Another important reason is that I have never had any contact with those latest technologies and frameworks for multiple platforms like cloud hosting service, NoSQL database and Cordova, which are already applied in HelloUni. I have to learn a lot. Luckily, I met ICAN Future Star. The company gives me enough time to familiar with those technologies and it also provides a comfortable office located in the campus of the university, which enables us to use the time more efficient. Anyway, I believe I could do my best for the next task!
I am a junior backend developer here, at HelloUni for a reason – I want to help great people building and improving a great product while learning a lot in the process. Simple isn’t it?
During the summer 2015 I was an intern at Physics department of University of Glasgow. My task was to develop an interactive data presentation tool, all web based. The internship gave me a foundation of responsive interface development, but also a good understanding of the backend development principles.
First thoughts on HelloUni
After only 2 weeks at HelloUni I can already feel the start-up vibe. Thanks to the small team, every member is important and treated with respect by others. Being responsible for a large part of the product has a great impact on the attitude towards work, because it feels meaningful. Also, it requires a wide range of skills and interests, because you need to know all these technologies and understand all these concepts.
It takes practice to get the hang of it all, but I feel more and more confident about using the technologies involved in the system.