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it's a tailor fit program for me
I would like to introduce myself as a data geek, a tireless problem-solver and someone who always seeks challenges. My fascination towards data analytics blossomed while I was enrolled in the Operations and Supply chain management course in my senior year at Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing, Chennai, one among the very few universities to be honored with 'Institute of National Importance'. During one of the classes, the professor used an enterprise software to forecast the demand of a product for 12 months in advance using historical data. He then commented on how people often speculate future business requirements instead of leveraging data to make better decisions. To demonstrate his point, he asked us to compare the predicted results with the actual data and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were almost identical. Solving real world problems using data rather than guesstimation is my passion and has motivated me to pursue a master's degree in analytics.
In my professional career over the past three years, I chose to work with startup's. Working in a startup allowed me to take additional responsibilities which helped me in acquiring better opportunities and more importantly had the privilege of sharing the work space with the true innovators. Currently, I am working as a XXXX, a big-data and analytics company headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Primarily, I work on solving business problems and automating business processes that require a lot of manual interventions. I believe companies should progress by focusing on business and let machines do the monotonous work. Automation requires hand-shakes between different software's and understanding how each software works help us in developing an efficient solution. Thus, the cognition behind my portfolio of a wide variety of software's that includes SAS, Python, SQL, Amazon Web Services, Hadoop & Google Cloud Platform.
Since my major was Mechanical, I had very few courses in my under-graduation that actually help me in my current work. To master the work I do, I dedicate a good portion of my time in studying at least two certifications a year related to Data Science & Data Engineering. Thereby, I have earned 7 global certifications in the past 3 years. Most of our clients seek our help in solving supply chain and optimization problems, which I would generally take help from a Lead Data Scientist and implement a solution. Going by the courses offered in Masters in Business Analytics at UIOWA, I am sure to gain good knowledge in these fields and implement even better solutions by myself. This course would also help me in improving the story telling ability, a must for any Data Scientist.
I strongly believe that the MSBA at UIOWA is a tailor fit program for me, which would not only help me in acquiring new skills but also in enhancing the existing ones. Through the knowledge I have gained in my professional career, I can contribute to the program by helping fellow students in learning latest technologies used in analytics like SAS, AWS, GCP. If given an opportunity, I am certain that I would make a great fit to this program and eventually become a successful Data Scientist through my hard work and never-ending passion for data. Thank you for taking time in reading my SOP and considering me for admission into MSBA at UIOWA.