I am planning for MSc in Data Science and Analytics from Cork Institute of Technology. Requesting for honest feedback for my Statement - detailing motivation for applying for the programme and how it will enable me to meet my career goals
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Steve jobs once said "If you are working on something that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The Vision pulls you" and in my case, it is this spark which is taking me forward to pursue MS in Data Science and Analytics.
From my schooling days, I was always attracted towards computers and mathematics. It was one of the very few subjects, in which I can always storm in with sheer confidence of excellence. This love pounded its way in my high schooling as well, resulting in considerable good grades. My zest of pre-determining the output, before starting the game, led me into pursuit of a diploma degree in Computer Science, prior to my engineering. My engineering major was in Electronics and Communication. This selection was a pure thought process work, where I can indulge my past diploma knowledge of programming languages like C, C++ while parallelly diving into electronics. I showcased this in my grades and with my final year project where we designed "Plastic Water Bottle Crushing Machine", using Java for GUI, microcontrollers for circuiting and RDBMS for tracking the user data - A step towards environment protection.
I have been working in the IT industry, with
, for around 6 years now as QA - Automation Engineer. I have worked with major clients for
across Gulf, Europe and USA, coving Banking and Finance, Retail and Insurance sectors. I earned back to back progressions to Associate analyst and honed my technical skills at an equal degree. It has been a revelation working with Consulting firms as we help companies on their Digital Transformation. I have been majorly associated with Automation tools like Selenium, Appium, Rational Functional Tester, using Java and Python. My work requires me to constantly create automation frameworks, extracting data modules, Dashboards representation and reporting using Maven-cucumber, Power BI and host of tools for my clients. I worked with clients on analysing their business processes, optimizing their KPIs and designing automated analytics architecture in line with their organizational goals and aspirations. As an individual contributor, I found out that Analytics is one-of-a-kind Techno-Functional discipline and management skills are an absolute must for any Consultant to deliver.
My major inclination point towards data analytics came, when my younger brother started his professional career as a Big Data developer in 2016. We used to discuss the numerous implications of this technology and how vastly it plays the game changer role. Each and every sector relies on data to show its excellence. Analysing Data helps to track, predict and gain accuracy, against the opponent. I started digging deep by referring to online study materials, participating in online lectures and even completed a few online courses. This resilience has now taken me to the point, where I have to part ways from my current technology, to move on to something much advance, where I can present a solution to a problem, just by understanding and using the raw data. I realized that I will need to devote extra efforts and dedicate myself completely to bridge the gap between my experience in data engineering and data science.
For the last 1 year, I have been deployed in London, UK. Staying here lead me to understand that for studying Data Science, Ireland is the best place to look for. My further research for best options took me to CIT, who has been serving as a pioneer in the education field for around 46 years. Therefore, I am applying to Cork Institute of Technology, for the course Data Science & Analytics (MSc)
with primarily one reason, to be a Champion in the field on Analytics. I have the necessary technical skills, experience and know-how but I aim to learn more. I want to delve deeper into the field of data mining , machine Learning and further enhance management skills that I have garnered in all years working with people from different cultures and practices.