Social Care / Healthcare Values Match

Those key workers working in the healthcare and social care sectors were at the forefront of the pandemic response, which is why we developed this healthcare values match tool.

Thanks to all care workers (from both sectors)

There was nationwide thanks for their devotion to public service; and thanks for all the patient care shown. Not least for saving many of those who were critically ill, including the Prime Minister.

The difference between healthcare and social care might be slight, but significant. We can see healthcare as the care provided while someone is unwell, like nursing etc. However social care refers to assistance with daily life.

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Marketing Science Ambassador

Inspiring answers by Verity Gill, one of the Women in Data  Ambassadors on her life and working as Marketing Science Director for Agencies, EMEA @ Facebook.

1. Name and Job role: 

Verity Gill, Marketing Science Director for Agencies, EMEA @Facebook   

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2. What is something about you people might not know? 

My first job was in government intelligence and I LOVE karaoke

3. What are your hobbies?

Well… being a full-time working Mum, my hobbies are rowing classes, running, walking & Pilates WHEN I get the time!

4. What did you want to be when you were growing up? 

I wanted to be a vet and/or a model!

5. Who was your biggest influence growing up?… who were your role models

Gosh – singers like Madonna and Paula Abdul influenced me. However, I guess I wanted to be just like Selina Scott who presented The Clothes Show. I just always wanted to be terribly glam but couldn’t be bothered to put the work in! AS you can see it was pretty shallow but my role models are very different now… Mary Beard, Helena Morrisey (but also Joanna Lumley darling)

6. What were your favourite subjects at school

I always loved Maths, English, Drama & Chemistry.

7. What were your least favourite subjects at school? 

I hated Geography and Religious Education

8. How did you come to choose your current career path or were you led to it?

I studied econometrics at Uni and really loved it and was luckily pretty good at it. Then I went into banking and gravitated towards technical analysis (looking at stock movements and trying to identify patterns to predict future moves). However, finance didn’t float my boat at all. I got chatting to a friend who was in media. She said they were always looking for smart people in effectiveness. Subsequently, I interviewed for Mindshare and got the job. I loved that job then had kids, built a social network site, gravitated to digital effectiveness and here I am!

9. What are the biggest changes in the world of work (for women) that you are excited about?

I cannot wait for the work environment to be more actively designed around us. If you look around at the modern office, they are really great, but I doubt we would have designed them like this. More natural influence, more tactile furniture, different temperatures, places to meditate, places to talk to your kids on facetime etc…

10. Would you say having a degree is the only path to a successful career? 

Definitely not. If you love something you can learn about it in your own way. Sometimes the best way to learn is not to be taught

11. Would you say there are opportunities for women entrepreneurs in your career?

Yes, thank goodness. We are the only thing holding ourselves back in the world of entrepreneurship. 

12. What advice would you give your younger self and school leavers today? 

Try everything, don’t be afraid and stop worrying about failure… the worst that can happen is that you learn something!

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Numetry: Maths Game Based Development

The latest maths game based development we’ve had input on is Numetry by Eduplaytion.

Numetry: The Maths Game You Wish You Had When You Were in School 

Quite a number of students find math to be too challenging or boring. Remember back in school when we simply watched the clock tick, waiting for recess? We often did this not because we didn’t want to learn but often because being in the classroom wasn’t as exciting as the other things that we would rather be doing. Thoughts like, “how will this help me”, or “what do I need this for?” would often come to mind. 

Maths game based development

Just as we used to feel back then in school, there are many kids these days who feel the same way. In light of this, our team at Eduplaytion has decided to find a practical solution to this issue. We have come up with an exciting product that would make learning more fun than you can imagine.

Behold a New Dawn for Learning Maths

After a development process of 18 months, our first title is nearly ready for launch. Numetry the Math Game is an educational portal designed to teach children between ages 9 to 12 math while engaging them with entertaining video games. The game is built on a story that occurs in the remote Mathema galaxy, where a group of astronauts has gone missing after they went to investigate a mysterious radio transmission.

As a player, you will join the crew on the Magellan and embark on a quest to find the lost expedition. While the children play their way through the syllabus, teachers and parents receive real-time data to track their performance on a teacher and parent dashboard. This way, you can be sure to always stay on top of your child’s academic progress. 

The Proof is in the Pudding

There are many ways to help a child learn, and games are one of such ways. We all know children love games. There is also research, showing that games are good for helping children learn. According to a study, nearly 80% of learners said they would be more productive if their learning was more game-like.

Another study shows that 70% of teachers said they saw an increase in student engagement when using educational video games. Generally, kids view games as a low-risk environment where they are willing to try new things and explore. 

Therefore, one of the best ways to accomplish effective learning is through game-based learning. The game world encourages students to use their imaginations and discover new possibilities in a fun and interactive way. Games can deliver an experience that feels more like a form of entertainment than a method of learning, which children find satisfactory. 

Maths Game Based Development

These games can also provide each student with a personalized learning experience making it possible for them to progress and solve the challenges at their own pace. By incorporating objectives and measurable goals, students can see their own progress, which promotes a sense of achievement for the players. Children also benefit from the immediate feedback that they receive while they play. They can see their performance in real-time and adapt accordingly.  

Playing is Learning and Vice Versa

Numetry is made up of a series of mini-games (or missions) that help children develop their math skills as they complete each of the challenges and progress through the game. As they complete each challenge, visible changes occur in the game world.

Each challenge forms a part of the overarching story. As players progress through the game, they will help the crew solve the mystery and find the missing astronauts. The goal is to capture the student’s attention by immersing them in an engaging story with exciting characters and cool missions. The players may not feel like they are learning because they are having so much fun. However, they are actually learning as they play.

The Magic in Making 

Eduplaytion is a developer and provider of game-based learning tools for children. The company has rapidly become a global enterprise reaching four continents and has been recognized as one of the most exciting, rising EdTech’s in Norway. Today, our team consists of experienced math teachers and passionate game developers from around the world – all sharing a common vision: to make learning fun!

Kristoffer from maths game development Eduplaytion
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Our first title, Numetry, has been developed in close collaboration with twelve schools in Norway and South America, ensuring that the game meets the needs of students, teachers, and parents. Working closely with our end users has provided us with valuable insight and enabled us to tailor our products to meet their specific needs. 

Maths Game Based Development

Numetry Game Development

To develop Numetry, our team started with the outcome standards outlined by the math curriculum. We then brought on experienced pedagogues and teachers. Their main task is to turn the theory into practical, yet entertaining games that tackle topics that are often difficult for grade school children to understand. A core aspect of the game design process is creating a linear progression of puzzles, each challenge becomes more difficult, while continually rewarding the player for success. This design pattern has been proven to work and can easily be adapted to teaching any skill. 

Including children in the development of the game has been a fundamental driver of our success thus far. Not only do they get a sense of ownership in the game, but the children also keep us on our toes and help us to identify potential problem areas and room for improvement. They help us to cross our t’s and dot our i’s. 

We did not want to leave anything up to chance when we decided to create Numetry. Attention to detail has – and will always be – our top priority. We spend a lot of time working with our users to ensure that our final product is of a high standard and meets the needs of students and teachers from around the world. This has already started to pay off: feedback from children has been incredible so far. They love playing the games and are eager to help us develop new and exciting mini-games in the future. 

Ready for Take-Off

Would you like your child to be part of a great space quest? Would you like your child to learn math in a fun, exciting way? Then this is a game for your child. The Numetry characters are all getting ready and are scheduled for departure late May 2020.

Are you struggling to find the time? Have your old math skills faded? Or is it just getting increasingly harder to motivate your children to do their homework? Then you and your child ought to try Numetry. Kindly check out numetry.com for more information. You can also reach out to us via Facebook or send us an email at hello@numetry.com today.

Guess what? You don’t have to wait until launch! We created our own YouTube channel where we live stream our How to Draw series for children to learn from our illustrator as he draws various fun characters in the Numetry universe.

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Check it out today and help your child to learn in the best way possible.

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Our using digital assessments tips to support the introduction of virtual assessments across your organisation.

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The corona virus pandemic is forcing us all to change our behaviors in our professional and personal lives alike. Whether you are required to work from home or need to cancel your family’s holiday plans, the crisis has a massive impact on how we live our lives and conduct business.

There will be many adverse repercussions, some of which we can predict. Others we have no way of foreseeing. There will probably also be some benefits or advancements as a result of being put through this test. We would like to highlight how this crisis has the potential to benefit institutions that provide learning and assessments.

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Many educational institutions have chosen to or been forced to shutter their campuses and cease or drastically reduce operations and events, to help stop the spread of the virus.

Many test centers are closing. Most exam bodies are also struggling to deliver exams. Universities, schools, training organizations and professional conferences, have cancelled or postponed their in-person classes and events. Some have transitioned these to the internet.

Others are still trying to figure out what to do next and how to maintain the continuity of their respective services. Providing instruction online is likely to play a large role, no matter what the organization decides. And with that instruction comes the need for assessment.

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Online testing, e-assessment, computer-based testing, digitized assessment… no matter the name used to describe it, it’s a well-established practice within the education and training industry. Yet some organizations still rely on paper and pencil to administer their tests and exams. Why? These are some of the reasons why paper and pencil still prevail.

  1. Lack of access to computers and the internet
  2. The need for security and proctoring during test administration
  3. Paper and pencil are reliable and familiar. No need for specialized technical knowledge or tools
  • Concerns about the validity and reliability of the test when its delivery format is substantively changed
  • Unwillingness to change

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Except for the first, lack of connectivity, none of these reasons for continuing the use of paper and pencil tests is a real barrier. And in certain parts of the world, where the internet is accessible to as high as 94% of the population, even the lack of connectivity is not a real barrier in practice.

It’s true that pencils, pens and paper are universally familiar and despite being ancient technologies, are extremely reliable. But their familiarity is in fact waning, with the generations of digital natives who are now in school, higher education and workplace settings. Many test-takers are more familiar with computers and mobile devices as their primary medium of communication, than they are with paper and pencil/pen. And there are increasing demands from industry bodies to stop using pen and paper exams. (See, for example, TES on “calls to scrap pen and paper exams by 2025” (February 2020): https://www.tes.com/news/calls-scrap-pen-and-paper-exams-2025.)

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Even pencils run out of lead and pens out of ink. Not to mention, when was the last time you hand-wrote a letter to a relative or a business colleague?

Of all the possible barriers, this is the most legitimate. An instrument that is not reliable and valid, yields no useful measurement data.

Adapting your exam from paper delivery to online delivery may in fact, reduce reliability and therefore validity, but the extent of that risk is highly dependent on the subject area domain.

For example, if you are assessing conversational speaking skill in a foreign language, then going online will be a challenge, and you should pay close attention to reliability. While you could use a video conferencing platform to administer the oral exam, you will want to be sure that the technical characteristics of the test environment don’t interfere with how well a test-taker performs.

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STEM Head of Solutions

Anthea Oon (DeSyllas), one of the Women in Data Ambassadors on her life and working as Head of Solutions at Money Dashboard.

Head of Solutions Career path

I knew what I didn’t want to do but not what I did! I joined a graduate programme at L’Oreal straight from university and whilst working in market research there I was presented to by a company called dunnhumby. The rest, as they say, is history.

Head of Solutions Changes and Challenges

Flexible working – enabling women to better manage their hectic home lives alongside the demands of work.

Having a degree is not the only way but it definitely still helps. There is definitely space for women entrepreneurs and we need more.

Most leadership teams/boards I see in our industry are particularly vanilla. We need more diversity in these teams – more diversity in thinking, leading to better, high performing, successful teams.

Head of Solutions Advice

Do what you love and feel passionate about – don’t let anyone tell you you can’t. There are too many people out there who hate what they do which is a travesty, as work takes up such a big part of your life. Focus on something that you’re happy to get out of bed for!

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Expert advice on working from home with children

joint statement by the main teachers’ unions said that “we cannot home-school the nation’s children”. Many schools have now provided learning packs and have since started some form of online learning. Thereby relying on parents being able to supervise their children.

But what is more important, say educationalists, is maintaining a degree of normality. So, let’s try to give ourselves a bit of a break. Children learn best when they feel safe and loved. How can we create a safe secure environment for our children if we are constantly trying to follow the 9-5 model?

Here are some things I would suggest we focus on

Prioritising our children

Not only do they learn better in a safe, happy and secure environment, they are also looking up to us to gauge our reactions to events. There is a lot of uncertainty in the air.

We’ll just have to accept the following

  • Sometimes they are going to be on their screens

Try and talk to them about what they see and hear out there. It is important to give them some autonomy. Let them decide some of their days and give them options on what to do when mom and/or dad are busy.

There is no right and wrong here and leaving this list open on the device that they use most often, could help them find something slightly more educational at least sometimes. There are even sites where they can create a movie or do some ‘Creative Coding’.

Free Online Resources for Learning at Home During COVID-19.

From live webcams at African waterholes to virtual tours of famous museums like the Louvre and Machu Picchu.

Creating a new future for working from home with children.
  • Structure and routine are important

There is safety in structure, especially for children. I’m not saying plan every 5 minutes of the day, but have a structure to your day where you can. A bedtime routine can be such a good time to bond with your child.

  • Let your child be bored

It’s actually good for them. Let them take a holiday from it all sometimes. Switch off phones and TV’s and see what they find to keep themselves busy with. After all the moaning has subsided of course.

Look after yourself

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Work just can’t have your full attention at the drop of a hat anymore. In trying to keep things ‘normal’.

They just aren’t. It doesn’t mean you have to freak out or go into a panic of any kind, it just simply means we cannot deny this. Countries have shut their borders and you have been asked to stay home for the foreseeable future, the whole family, mind you and only virtual contact with those outside your family. It’s pretty real and it’s all quite out there.

So get into the bath with a glass of wine or watch reruns of old rugby games if that is what you need to do, but take the time. Or make pancakes with the kids when you can.

Set realistic expectations. You are not just working from home, you are working from home with children.

Set realistic goals

Don’t expect to reach previously set deadlines. We should really be looking at ways to give ourselves a chance to integrate this new way of life. We are not merely working from home, we are working from home with children and there is this strange ‘apocalyptic’ feel to it all.

So, get things done in a way that works for everyone. There is not a one-size-fits-all way we are going to get through this. The important thing here is that we make a conscious effort to make

Challenge Yourself

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying throw everything out the window and become a couch potato.

There are so many ways to up the challenge a bit once this new routine settles in. The amount of (FREE!) resources out there are insane. Looking at it all right now might be a bit overwhelming, but you can always come back to this. You have time.

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Working from Home with Children

Maintain Contact

Maintain virtual contact. Yes, Zoom meetings are great, but it’s still a meeting. Video calls are a safe and easy way to keep in contact with friends and family. Being connected to others is crucial both for our well-being and survival. Whether it’s messages or calls, it doesn’t really matter. Isolation has its own demons, perspectives of those that think similarly to you might be good for you.

These are unprecedented times, but we have the opportunity to create a better way of life through this all. Let’s be conscious in the process instead of trying to pretend it’s life as usual.

In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.

Dave Hollis

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Keeping up with your university exam revision

Welcome to our 2020 university exam revision tips.

Revision Tips

Effective assessments cannot be rushed, so start before the exam date. Try to start reading early every day because the brain is fresh and easier to work. Starting in the afternoon means that you may be up late and try to re-evaluate everything. It is better to have a common overhaul, and you want to start and finish each day around the same time.

Use goal-setting theory

Setting goals is vital. This enables you to both schedule and track your progress.

Plan your most effective University exam revision timetable

You might think it’s a waste of time to plan. However, in the long run, you save time because you don’t have to decide what you’re looking for each day.

It’s also important to set realistic timescales. Schedule your study time by seeing which times of the day work best for you. With 5 days available per week, aim for at least 3-4 hours University exam revision revision each day.

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Take regular breaks

Regular study breaks are vital for University exam revision. When the brain is tired and you are prone to losing attention, learning can no longer reverse or have an effect means you are not really working effectively. Instead, the goal is 30-45 minutes, with a short break and, ideally, over 4 hours of study per day. This way, you will revise a more efficient explosion without saving a few hours of alertness to address multiple subjects.

How do you own learn best?

Try other methods such as watching documents or videos, listening to podcasts, working in groups, using other coloured paper for each set of revisions notes, moving to a new learning area or and creating revision posters,.

Keep positive.

Stay positive and calm.

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Our Brilliant Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests book is available for download from the Apple Store.

Everything you need to know to practice and pass numerical reasoning tests

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Are you chasing a job that you really want, but need to take a verbal reasoning test to get it?

With the help of this book, you’ll sharpen your skills and quickly become confident in your ability to pass.

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Quantitative Reasoning Assessment Practice

Although you may not finish the test, the best strategy is to answer as many questions as you can in the time available.

  • Firstly, before deciding on your final answer. You may be able to rule out one or two of the multiple-choice questions as incorrect.
  • Secondly, read each question and also review each chart very carefully. Take one chart and its associated questions at a time. Only start looking at the answer options once you have done this.
  • Ensure that you are also aware of the units of measurement that each question is referring to.
  • Each question is worth the same so don’t spend too long on a single question. So, remember that you may find subsequent questions easier to answer. If there is time at the end of the test you can return to any unfinished questions.
  • Work efficiently, but do not rush. You may not finish the test. However, the best strategy is to answer as many questions as you can in the time available.
  • Remember to only use the information that is provided in the charts. Do not use any of your own background knowledge.
  • Lastly, round up any decimal points and any pence.

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There aren’t any quick wins for being good at maths but some focussed practise will improve your score, as well following a few test-taking strategies.

As a timed assessment, you need to average around one minute per question. Work briskly but accurately. Each question counts the same so pick off the easy ones first and don’t waste your test time on the most difficult questions.

Numerical reasoning test practice is an excellent means of brushing-up on any maths functions you haven’t used in a while. Ensure that you are comfortable using data tables, interpreting graphs and manipulating large financial figures.

You can practise the most common numerical test types at the main test publisher websites. Practise sample questions from Kenexa-IBM, TalentQ and SHL as these sites cover most of the tests you are likely to find.

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What do psychometric assessments measure?

Ability tests can assess a specific ability (Verbal, Numerical, Spatial) or more general level of reasoning (Abstract, Non-Verbal).

Personality assessments broadly divided into those which assess personality traits (16PF) and those, which assess personality types (Myers Briggs). This difference relates back to the personality theory on which the test is based.

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GCSE grade inflation

We cover all school exam grades:

  • A-Level grades
  • GCSE grades
  • University admissions
  • University exams

Teachers Inflating Predicted Grades

Millions of proposed GCSE and A-levels grades could be downgraded by exam boards this summer because teachers have been too generous in their predictions.

The predicted grades in the study were not the final ones submitted by schools, and Ofqual does not insist on an identical spread of grades each year.

In every subject that the think-tank FFT Education Datalab looked at, the average grade proposed by teachers for 2020 was higher than the average grade awarded in 2019.

According to one estimate, if GCSE grades in England were to be kept in line with 2019’s results, around a third of teachers’ predictions would need to be shifted downward.

ln 2019 just one in five students applying to university met or exceeded their UCAS predicted grades.

Teacher Predictions

Teacher predictions were based on an overall professional judgement, using the evidence of essays, previous exams and coursework. These teacher predictions will be moderated so the overall national results and shares of grades are in line with previous years.

English A-Level and GCSE Results days announced

  • GCSE results will be published on 20 August.
  • A-level results will be published on 13 August.
  • In other words, across England, all pupils’ grades for cancelled GCSE exam results and A-level exam results will be published in accordance with their original scheduling.

For those pupils who think they would have done better in an exam, there is the promise of another exam that can be taken in the autumn.

But for A-level students planning to use their results to go to university, or deciding whether to defer a year, it is still uncertain whether university campuses will reopen in the autumn or will be teaching online.

Students could sit A-level exams in October and GCSEs in November if they are unhappy with their summer results, under proposals published by the Government.

Exact dates have not been released because of the continued uncertainty around the full reopening of schools and colleges, exams regulator Ofqual said.

Evidenced assessment

The largest pill to swallow for pupils taking school exams this year is the use of ‘evidenced assessment’. In summary:

  • Unhappy pupils will still be able to take exams in September, or sooner if schools have reopened.
  • Any pupils still unhappy with their results can resit their exams in summer next year.

This system of “moderated assessment” was set out by the exam regulator Ofqual yesterday, two days after this year’s GCSE and A level exams were cancelled. Schools shut to most pupils yesterday afternoon.

Update for all school and university exams and admissions 2020

Different exam boards for school and university exams

Below you will find links to the different exam board websites, where updates will be provided as they become official. Some of these also provide access to past papers too.

A-Level Grades

  • This year’s A-Levels are to be graded using evidenced assessment. This means teachers will grade their own pupils. 
  • Then the plan is for A Level exam boards to combine such teacher grades with other data to calculate a final grade.
  • Results need to be ready by the end of July.

GCSE Grades

  • Like this year’s A-Levels, the Government has announced that GCSE’s will also be marked using evidenced assessment.
  • According to Ofqual, teacher grades are to include mock exam results and marks from submitted work.
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What about Universities?

Most Universities are now using online assessments. Compared to what our schools face – this is an easier proposition at degree level.

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University exams

  • University students have been sent home. 
  • No more face to face teaching will happen this term. 
  • Probably not next term either – certainly not next half-term if we choose to go on our Prime Minister’s 12-week indicator.  Students have been told that summer exams will be online. Students will not return to their universities until Autumn.

What about University Admissions?

  • In normal years, University relies on a very familiar A-Level system. 
  • Pre-coronavirus – for argument’s sake (at least in the UK) a few weeks ago, the biggest controversy was the few University announcements that unconditional places were being reduced.
  • Last week, we learned that Universities can:
  • Rely on offers already made
  • Adopt the Government’s own system (once they have one)

Hannah from Talent & Career is offering short Careers Guidance sessions, via Skype.  Aimed at those students who have missed their guidance sessions because of the schools’ closure and also to any others who now have concerns about their plans in the light of there being no summer exams.

To book in please complete a contact form on her website. Also, make sure to read Hannah’s guest blog on Career Guidance.

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Last but not least, why not have a look at these GCSE Entry Level Job possibilities.

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Data Careers

Chief Data Officer – Carruthers and Jackson

In 2018, Caroline was named as one of the Top Women in Data & Technology. Prior to founding Carruthers and Jackson, Caroline worked across multiple industries in strategic data and IT roles, most recently as Group Director of Data at Lowell Group and as the first Chief Data Officer for Network Rail.

Current data career path or were you led to it?

If you do know what you want to do – congratulations but I always just did what I found interesting, in my GCSEs, A-levels and through my degrees before my working life really started. There was never a grand plan but a search for the next puzzle worth figuring out.

Biggest challenges to a data careers

Diversity is recognised as important, that single simple statement is so powerful and it’s crazy to think that it wasn’t always the case.

Absolutely not, it doesn’t fit everyone and nor should it. We aren’t all the same and we should play to our strengths. Some of us are really hands-on or passionately creative or something else that doesn’t want to do more formal education.

Data Careers opportunities

Some of the most amazing entrepreneurs in my area are women, the women in data awards showcase some of these incredible women!!! Data covers so many aspects and is such an interesting career that I think it plays well to women.

School leavers advice

Happiness is a choice, so be happy. There will always be challenges, hard days and times you think you want to crawl into a hole but you can’t, they don’t last and they make you appreciate all the good stuff you get to do and above all have fun and don’t take things so seriously.

Make sure to follow this series on STEM Careers Guide.

CRM Jobs

Welcome to CRM jobs and the latest in our Women in Data Ambassadors series.

CRM career path

I started temping on an IT support helpdesk when I left university and stayed for five years!. I was leading a project to roll out new equipment, which was struggling because we were getting conflicting schedule data from several sources, none of which were accurate. For a workaround, I taught myself Access and built my first database, and I found I’d enjoyed going that much more than my actual job! So I went back to college and retrained in software engineering, and afterwards, I was fortunate to land a role on the data team at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). I love working in the not for profit sector and I’ve remained in that field ever since

CRM changes and challenges

There is a growing awareness of flexible working, which has benefits for everyone regardless of gender but does help enormously for parents and carers who want to continue to progress in our careers. As a parent I’ve benefited from shared parental leave which meant my husband and I could take equal time off for maternity leave. Recognising that both parents can be a carer and a breadwinner is one step toward gender equality, but there are still more steps to go!

CRM career opportunities

Well, my degree was in geography, and while that did involve some elements of maths and statistics, I can’t honestly say I draw on it every day! The skills I use in my role are almost exclusively self-taught, and I have to continually update them as the technology landscape changes (this year I’ve been learning Power BI and Python). Being curious and adaptable are the key skills that have enabled me to progress.

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Michelle Wong, one of the Women in Data Ambassadors on her life and working in one of the key analytics jobs, as Head of Marketing Analytics.

       


      Analytics career path 

      I applied for several roles in accountancy but was rejected. I decided to start from scratch and think about what I enjoyed. Econometrics was my favourite subject at University, so I started exploring that route. I found an agency leveraging econometrics to inform marketing capital allocation and media planning decisions. I applied and got the job. Then 2 weeks later I moved to London to start my career in data and analytics.

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      Analytics Challenges and Changes 

      • Shift in working environments to being more flexible
      • Increasing parity of maternity and paternity leave, although more work needs to be done here.
      • Many successful people who chose not to graduate from University, for example, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson… pursuing their passion… led to highly successful companies.

      Analytics Opportunities 

      Definitely, gender is the key diversity group which affects data and analytics, with males outnumbering females 4 to 1. The disruption caused by women entrepreneurs would help to shake up this field… Bringing diversity at senior levels and by serving as role models for those considering to enter the industry… To encourage those to stay and grow their career in data and analytics.

      Analytics advice

      Let go of being perfect! I spent far too much time thinking, planning… Even worrying about the future, when what matters is really now… As things generally change that will affect your initial decisions and thoughts anyway. Don’t worry so much and go with the flow.

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      Buy this book to pass!

      Brilliant book. Read it from cover to cover. Don’t skip the chapters. I know it can seem patronising, the way he breaks it down, but I’d recommend reading it through.

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      Brilliantly practical and informative

      Very clear layout to follow, questions advance over the …

      Very clear layout to follow, questions advance over the chapters and it sets a steady pace. This book helped me immensely to get all the practice I needed within 3 days.

      A really useful book 

      Numerical Reasoning book reviews

      Another really useful book by Rob. I will be recommending this to my delegates on interviewing/assessment techniques training; clear, concise and, if you are applying for jobs with a strong numerical focus, the best £10 you will spend! I heartily recommend.

      Five Stars

      Great book and pretty hard numerical exercises.

      Useful, informative and good value

      A very user-friendly and easy to read guide. Really focuses your mind on brushing up on your Maths skills. The author explains clearly how you can prepare to give your best for a test. Very useful and highly recommended.

      Five Stars

      Great book, tons of info and test to help you understand.

      Great to get some practical help on how to succeed … at this stage of selection. I will recommend to anyone who needs to get through a numerical reasoning test.

      Passing Verbal Reasoning book reviews

      Brilliantly practical advice

      The advice and practical examples will answer all your questions about an impending assessment. The book is easy to read and covers preparation, practical examples and an overview of the usual proceedings on test day. The author also highlights questions to be asked before test day and (I was very pleased to see) encourages feedback after assessment. The recaps at the end of every chapter are great for a quick overview before test day. Definitely a worthwhile investment and sure to put you at ease before an assessment of this kind.

      A MUST BUY for anyone attempting to pass any verbal reasoning test.

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      An informative yet easy to read book which helped me get through graduate-level tests to the next stages of application. Would highly recommend.

      Excellent sample tests and explanations

      Passed the VRT for HMRC Legal Trainee Scheme this year after reading this book. Helpful.

      Very useful and good practice

      The book has a good range of tests that reflect what comes up in real tests – so pretty good practice for the real thing

      Highly recommended

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          Data jobs interview – Data Strategy Manager

          Welcome to our Belle Cartwright interview. Belle is one of the Women in Data Ambassadors. Belle works as a Senior Data & Audience Strategy Manager.

          Data career challenges

          I think the awareness and visibility of women in technical roles are hugely exciting. When I first started I couldn’t name any female CDOs or expert role models in the field. Now I get to call some of them friends. 

          Female entrepreneur opportunities

          My top tip for career success is to be hungry and willing to learn. Technology is evolving and changing rapidly. The people who can get in front of or drive those changes will be the end winners. As a result, entrepreneurship is a key part of my role. I have to actively seek the right business opportunities within this fast-paced ever-changing world. This is for my agency. Plus, for my client in order for us to maintain and grow competitive advantage.

            Our top Data careers advice

          Keep an open mind and always take the opportunities in front of you. You never know where it can lead you. You will have the ability to change fields/roles multiple times in your career. What you like doing/not doing will change as your skillset and experience grows. So don’t get set on one thing. It’s super easy once you have some experience to be able to link it. Or to gain new ones to help you move from one place to the next. The biggest step you can take is the 1st one. So be bold, be brave and experiment until you find the right fit for you. 

          Top Data careers interview

          Here are excerpts from our interview with Leyre Murillo Villar. Leyre is a Women in Data  Ambassador 2020. Leyre works as a CDO Data Controller.

          Data Controller career path

          I did an MSc in Computer Science. The first three years of the degree was focused on data structures and data management. The second part on artificial intelligence and neuronal networks. I had many options and was unsure about which career to pursue. I chose computer engineer degree as it was the most unknown to me. It was where my knowledge gap was bigger and because it sounded fancy.

          Once I finished I started working in Madrid at Deloitte for Santander Group. I developed data analysis initiatives, where I managed to apply all the programming and data skills I had learnt at university. I guess it was a mix of luck, effort and true enjoyment that kept me going. After a couple of years working in the external audit domain for Santander, I joined EY.  I had the opportunity to launch/create the data quality service.

          Biggest Data Controller challenges

          • Firstly, more women in a management position.
          • Secondly, diversity and inclusive policies e.g the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
          • Thirdly, empowering all women and girls. 

          Data Controller opportunities for women entrepreneurs  

          Having a degree it is definitely not the only path to a successful career. It helps because it gives you the possibility to learn some skills. And a problem-solving mindset that you may need in the future. But the most important part is your willingness to understand problems. To find suitable solutions and your passion to get to the root of the real-life problems. To ask appropriate questions. Plus, to network with different people, connect the dots and find patterns and meaning in the chaos. 

          Top data careers advice  

          Ask questions, understand the why and the how. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them. Fully embrace chaos and changes, as many challenges will come, use them as a testing environment to try new things. Think where you are today, where you want to be and build your path to get there. 

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          Welcome to our Data Engineer jobs London search. We hope you find the best job fit for you

               


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              Principal Data Engineer Interview

              Bhagya Reddy – a key Women in Data Ambassador 2020 – shares her personal experiences of her very impressive Principal Data Engineer career.

              Choosing a Data Engineer Career Path

              Love towards computers and data.

              Challenges for data engineers

              Getting to executive board level is still a challenge, need to prove 2 times if you are a women.

              Qualifications and opportunities for women entrepreneurs

              A base degree had to be there and love towards data science definitely get you there.

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              Advice for today’s aspiring Data Engineers

              Have high aspirations and work towards that. Start structuring your goals towards your career path from early school days onwards.

              Have good role models and never hesitate to ask for help or if you need clarity. 

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              Top data careers advice  

              Ask questions, understand the why and the how. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them. Fully embrace chaos and changes, as many challenges will come, use them as a testing environment to try new things. Think where you are today, where you want to be and build your path to get there. 

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              Buy this book to pass!

              Brilliant book. Read it from cover to cover. Don’t skip the chapters. I know it can seem patronising, the way he breaks it down, but I’d recommend reading it through.

              Brilliantly practical and informative

              Very clear layout to follow, questions advance over the chapters and it sets a steady pace. This book helped me immensely to get all the practice I needed within 3 days.

              A really useful book 

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              Passing Numerical Reasoning book reviews

              Another really useful book by Rob. I will be recommending this to my delegates on interviewing/assessment techniques training; clear, concise and, if you are applying for jobs with a strong numerical focus, the best £10 you will spend! I heartily recommend.

              Five Stars

              Great book and pretty hard numerical exercises.

              Useful, informative and good value

              A very user-friendly and easy to read guide. Really focuses your mind on brushing up on your Maths skills. The author explains clearly how you can prepare to give your best for a test. Very useful and highly recommended.

              Five Stars

              Great book, tons of info and test to help you understand.

              Great to get some practical help on how to succeed.

              Passing Verbal Reasoning book reviews

              Brilliantly practical advice

              The advice and practical examples will answer all your questions about an impending assessment. The book is easy to read and covers preparation, practical examples and an overview of the usual proceedings on test day. The author also highlights questions to be asked before test day and (I was very pleased to see) encourages feedback after assessment. The recaps at the end of every chapter are great for a quick overview before test day. Definitely a worthwhile investment and sure to put you at ease before an assessment of this kind.

              A MUST BUY for anyone attempting to pass any verbal reasoning test.

              An informative yet easy to read book which helped me get through graduate-level tests to the next stages of application. Would highly recommend.

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              Excellent sample tests and explanations.

              Passed the VRT for HMRC Legal Trainee Scheme this year after reading this book. Helpful.

              Very useful and good practice

              The book has a good range of tests that reflect what comes up in real tests – so pretty good practice for the real thing.

              Highly recommended.

              Just what I needed to further my career. Now I’ve tried the tests I feel more confident.

              Good quality and light reading!

              An excellent guide to performing well in verbal reasoning tests.

              Top data careers advice  

              Ask questions, understand the why and the how. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them. Fully embrace chaos and changes, as many challenges will come, use them as a testing environment to try new things. Think where you are today, where you want to be and build your path to get there. 

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              Leyre Murillo Villar. CDO Data Controller

              Data Controller Jobs and Career Guide

              Welcome to our Data Controller Jobs and Career Guide.

                   


                  Data Controller career path

                  I did an MSc in Computer Science. The first three years of the degree was focused on data structures and data management. The second part on artificial intelligence and neuronal networks. I had many options and was unsure about which career to pursue. I chose computer engineer degree as it was the most unknown to me, where my knowledge gap was bigger and because it sounded fancy.

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                  Data Controller jobs

                  Having a degree it is definitely not the only path to a successful career. It helps because it gives you the possibility to learn some skills and problem-solving mindset that you may need in the future. But the most important part is your willingness to understand problems and find suitable solutions, your passion to get to the root of the real-life problems and ask appropriate questions and your ability to network with different people, connect the dots and find patterns and meaning in the chaos. 

                  Data Controller Career Opportunities

                  Once I finished I started working in Madrid at Deloitte for Santander Group, developing data analysis initiatives, where I managed to apply all the programming and data skills I had learnt at university. I guess it was a mix of luck, effort and true enjoyment that kept me going. After a couple of years working in the external audit domain for Santander, I joined EY.  There I was given the opportunity to launch/create the data quality service. And I realised that not only I was good at it but also everything made sense in my head and I was able to make the best use of my creativity and my curious mindset.

                  Data Controller Challenges

                  We are seeing more women in a management position, leading to a diverse blend of skills and leadership styles. Also more diversity and inclusive policies are now being developed. For example, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, among them the Goal 5: that Gender Equality. This states that talks about how to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. 

                  Data Controller Jobs

                  Ask questions, understand the why and the how. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them. Fully embrace chaos and changes, as many challenges will come, use them as a testing environment to try new things. Think where you are today, where you want to be and build your path to get there. 

                  Read more about Working as a CDO Data Controller – Leyre Villar.

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