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Welsh Data Science Graduate Programme Case Study: Stacey Witchell

Name: Stacey Witchell
Age: 23
Degree: Psychology with professional placement
Company: Principality Building Society
Job title: Insight and Segmentation Analyst
Where are you from originally?: Somerset (lived in Cardiff since 2014)

What attracted you to the WDSGP?
The fact that this programme was based in Cardiff was a big attraction as I knew that I wanted to continue living in Cardiff after graduation. However, what really appealed to me was the prospect that I could gain a Master’s qualification alongside full-time employment.

Did you ever consider a career in Data Science?
During the placement final years of my psychology degree I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in data analytics. I loved how data could be used to inform big decisions and produce meaningful recommendations.

Tell us about your experience of the Programme so far?
Quite intensive in terms of the amount of learning, but it’s all been so enjoyable and so rewarding!

Have you been able to apply skills from your degree?
Absolutely! Data analysis and research are two major aspects of Psychology. These skills are crucial for a career in data science. While I have been able to apply my prior knowledge to my day-to-day work, there is still so much that I am learning as I go along.

What are your future career goals? Do you think the programme will support you in getting there?
I do not have a definitive idea of where I want to be and what I want to do at the end of the WDSGP just yet, but I think that the exposure that I will get from WDSGP’s 3 rotations will be so valuable in informing my future career choices.

What is the best thing about the WDSGP?
The best thing about the programme is how supportive everyone is. I feel lucky to be part of the first cohort of grads taking on this challenge!

Are there any tips you would give someone who was thinking about applying for the programme?
My advice would be to just go for it! For anyone who is interested and curious about data, if it’s the analysis or the visualisation aspects, you should absolutely apply for this programme!

Any advice for the making the most of the Programme?
To be open-minded and curious. Ask lots of questions and to not be afraid of exploring the vast amounts of data that you will inevitably be presented with!