Last week Select sponsored the Young Statisticians Section’s Statistical Showcase. This is a yearly event that the YSS organise on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society to explore the wide spectrum of careers available to young statisticians. As well as sponsoring the event our MD, Lynsey, attended the event to give a presentation on her own career path.
The day was split into two with a morning training session introducing the attendees to R and R Shiny. R Shiny is a fantastic package from RStudio that makes it incredibly easy to build interactive web applications and is increasingly being used by businesses to interact with their data (you can see some example apps here). The afternoon was dedicated to presentations from statisticians in a variety of sectors and industries including Government, Academia, Medical and Finance. We were also lucky enough to hear plenary talks from both Professor Jane Hutton and Professor David Hand.
Lynsey’s presentation focussed on her own career path from undergraduate student to MD of Select with details of the sorts of interesting projects we do here at Select (such as understanding customer retention and modelling problem debt) and skills that you might need if you were interested in becoming a consultant. Lynsey said of the event “I had a really interesting afternoon at the YSS Showcase. It was great to be able to impart some advice on how aspiring statistical consultants can start on their career path and I also really enjoyed hearing the other presentations. It’s amazing the variety of careers that you can have as a statistician and it really highlights the career benefits of this fascinating discipline.”