On an early morning run on the beaches of Mauritius, my eight-year-old self spotted a ‘shooting star’ in the night sky. I found it strange how it kept moving across without fading; seeing my confused expression, my dad was quick to tell me that it was in fact a satellite.
From that day onwards I wanted to be a ‘satellite maker’.
By the age of 12, I began suspecting that ‘satellite maker’ could in fact be an actual profession. Two years later, we were given a careers guidebook.
The first profession was that of an Aerospace Engineer, and to my astonishment, ‘Design and build spacecraft’ was one of bullet points in the job description.
Fast forward eight years, I completed my Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Some of the highlights have been building a Cubesat in 4 months for under $1000, working on the first satellite to be launched by an Australian University, building a virtual reality platform for visualising space missions and coding a flight simulator (autopilot system) in under two weeks.
Connecting the digital with the real
A year and half ago, I watched a documentary titled ‘The human face of Big Data’. In one of the sections named ‘Data: Empowering the crowd’, disaster management through employing data science tools was discussed.
In the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, a group of data scientists in Boston voluntarily got together to find the most damaged hotspots there. The goal was to alert Haitian rescue services of these locations in order to increase the chances of a rescue.
The task was done by monitoring Twitter. As it happened, the Haitian residents were tweeting the locations and extent of damaged areas. The data scientists simply aggregated this information and created the hotspots.
The power of big data had astounded me then and there.
It was moving to know that such simple insights could help save a lot of lives. It seemed like a super-power, being able to extract and analyse data to decipher the world around us.
I had just found another passion. Being able to engage in data science seemed like an essential skill to have going into an increasingly digital future.
Moreover, it pleased my inquisitive self.
Launching into Big Data
However, I had no clue about how to get into data science.
After researching more into the field, it seemed as though my qualifications would actually help me get into it rather than hinder my chances as I previously thought.
Gradually I began researching into data science companies and applying.
Fast-forward to today, my first day at Lexer as a data analyst.
Somehow by a miracle, I managed to get a great job that is bound to be invaluable in teaching me to think and act like a data scientist. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to contribute to Lexer!
This is the beginning of a new journey, which will hopefully lead me to combine my passions for space and data science to create something great.
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This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse.