Congratulations to Team Triple Visionaries for earning the second prize in our Virtual Insights Case Competition conducted at our fall 2023 career fair, competing against five talented teams from around Canadian and North American academic institutions.
You can learn more about the competition here to tune into the group video presentations. As part of their third prize the Triple Visionaries have won a achievement certificates, exclusive features and invites from our career fair employers. The team is currently pursuing their graduate certificate at the Research Analyst Program at the Humber College in Toronto, Canada.
Our founder got chatting with the third prize winners to understand their dreams, motivations, insights and trends they are seeing in terms of how they foresee fulfilling their potential in the data, analytics, insights industry and in business and society at large. Read more and get to know these winners below. If you are interested in supporting next year’s career fair and case competitions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are some industry trends you are seeing that puzzle or intrigue you?
Kangan: The invention of augmented analytics, which combines natural language processing and machine learning to provide automated insights, intrigues me. It is difficult to guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, and transparency of these systems. The complex area of data privacy and analytics requires careful balancing between protecting individual privacy and gaining insightful information, particularly in light of changing regulatory frameworks. The advancement of explainable AI in analytics is also an exciting development. Knowing how machine learning models make decisions becomes increasingly important for encouraging trust as these models get more complex.
Flora: I’m more curious about how companies at the forefront of the market identify problems, make effective market analyses, and ultimately come up with great product and service strategies, and I think that part is very valuable and worthwhile to learn from.
Guncha: The food and pharmaceutical industries have increasingly used analytics to optimize and improve supply chain operations. Data and analytics are increasingly being used to improve food and healthy safety procedures. It is intriguing how individual health data, preferences, and dietary requirements are combined to create tailored nutrition regimens using data analytics.
What is your dream role and what in your opinion does it take to be a respected data and insights professional today?
Flora: I want to become a consultant in market research and have access to the latest knowledge and information in different fields, which is still a long way to go. I think there have been big changes to the economy and work patterns after the epidemic, as well as the development of artificial intelligence that is affecting our lives. If we want to be a data insight professional, we need to stay in a state of learning, have the ability to keep up with technological advances, and constantly receive the latest information from the market so that we can capture market trends, and identify and solve potential problems in a timely manner.
Guncha: My dream role is to become director for new product development in either the food or pharma industry. The epidemic has hastened the spread of distant labor. It is critical to be comfortable with remote collaboration technologies and to demonstrate efficient communication in virtual environments. After a pandemic, the ability to adjust to changes and uncertainty is critical. This includes adjusting to new technologies, working conditions, and industry expectations as they change. The epidemic has emphasized the significance of resilience. The ability to overcome obstacles and recover from failures is a valued skill.
Kangan: My dream job would involve using my training as a research analyst to work as a data and insights specialist. The industry now needs a dynamic skill set after the pandemic. Adaptability is crucial, even above and beyond technical proficiency with data analysis tools and methodologies. It is essential to be able to analyze trends, effectively convey insights, and negotiate changing data privacy laws. It’s crucial to keep up with industry trends and new technologies through ongoing education. Given the interdisciplinary nature of data roles, collaboration and communication skills are becoming more and more important. Furthermore, ethical practices that are well-established in data practices guarantee responsible and reliable analysis. A successful data and insights professional after the pandemic essentially blend technical knowledge with flexibility, ethical considerations, and communication skills.
What was your favourite advice or insight you gained at our recently concluded Virtual Insights Career Fair on September 29?
Guncha: My favourite piece of advice was in the morning panel led by Professor that soft skills and data storytelling are essential for research analysts because they bridge the gap between technical knowledge and effective communication. Strong skills in communication, critical thinking, and adaptability, improve cross-functional team collaboration and enable analysts to engage effectively with stakeholders. Data storytelling is critical for turning complex data into narratives that are not only understandable but also engaging to decision-makers. The combination of these abilities not only increases the analyst’s capacity to communicate findings, but also adds to professional development, stakeholder relationships, and the overall influence of data-driven decision-making in the organizational environment.
Flora: I learned a lot from seeing so many great case studies. The participants were effective in identifying the problem and coming up with great research strategies, which are things I need to learn more about. Maybe because we just started the course, we haven’t gone that deep through learning the overall research case, I focused more on how to collect effective data because there are so many different platforms from which data can be sourced. One thing I found interesting is that if we use different platform tools to do analysis, the result will be more or less different because the data source is different, but if it is data from authoritative fields, the difference will not be very big, instead, it will provide different data perspectives and give us diversified data inspirations, which is helpful for us to further think about it and come up with insights.
Kangan: For me the interactive Q and A session with Professor Arundati and the various student teams provided valuable insight into the challenges of sourcing localized data for AI research. The participants’ experiences highlighted the scarcity of publicly available research on AI by Canada, emphasizing the need for improved data accessibility. The mention of utilizing Reddit comments for qualitative analysis underscores the significance of unconventional sources in gaining insights, especially when traditional research avenues prove limited. This experience illuminates the complexities researchers face in navigating the vast landscape of statistical data and emphasizes the importance of innovative approaches to gather relevant information.
What does winning the third spot in the Fall 2023 Generation1.ca North American Virtual Insights Case Competition mean to you?
Flora: To be honest, this is the first time I joined a case competition. We did not have much time to prepare, but we tried our best. I booked a study room to brainstorm and made a quick appointment with the school librarian to get good-quality data. We discussed a lot because the three of us had different ideas and interpretations of the topic. We did learn a lot about data stories and cosmetic industry markets. I’ll never forget sitting in the library alone, talking with Kangan and Guncha over WhatsApp at midnight. I can feel the power of teamwork. As a Chinese, it’s hard for me to be seen in the competitive Canadian talent market. I really appreciate this opportunity, thanks to Generation1.ca and thanks to my team members for their patience.
Kangan: Securing the third spot in the Fall 2023 Generation1.ca North American Virtual Insights Case Competition is a tremendous source of pride and accomplishment for me. As a team, we faced the challenge with a blend of nerves and excitement, making it our debut competition in Canada and North America. The victory is particularly meaningful as it reflects not only our effective teamwork but also the positive impression we left on the student community, evident in receiving the highest poll. Winning this competition signifies our ability to not only navigate challenges like time and school pressures, but also connecting with our audience, validating the hard work and dedication we invested in the competition. It instills confidence in our skills and showcases the impact of our collective efforts.
Guncha: Winning a position in Generation1.ca’s case competition opens many doors for us. It provides recognition for one’s analytical and problem-solving abilities in our industry. It validates a participant’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world circumstances and solve complicated problems. This case competition helped provide us with a forum to engage with industry leaders, judges, and other competitors, along with excellent networking possibilities.
As Triple Visionaries, what magic are each of you crafting or envisioning next?
Guncha: I will continue to compete in and excel at competitions to build on my triumphs and gain greater recognition. Pursuing extra training, certificates, or courses to improve abilities while remaining current on industry trends, I will use my accomplishments to broaden my professional network, engage with industry leaders, mentors, and possible partners. I will make use of various abilities and insights to benefit the community through mentorship, workshops, or other projects.
Kangan: My next steps are directed towards becoming a successful data and insights professional. I will continue honing my technical skills in data analysis tools and methodologies. I will try to stay updated on industry trends by actively engaging in continuous learning through courses, workshops, and certifications. After that, my priority will be to seek practical experience through internships or real-world projects to apply my theoretical knowledge.
Flora: The current plan is to work hard to gain professional knowledge and improve my research and analysis skills through continuous practice.
Congratulations again Team Triple Visionaries!