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Ashleigh Randall

Data Scientist, Barclays

What skills are needed to be a data analyst?

Creativity. Without creativity we would never be able to truly innovate in the technology space. From an outside perspective, there’s an assumption that your CV needs to include building a computer in your garage at 13 – a myth I believed until beginning my career at Barclays. Until the age of 22, my only coding experience consisted of printing ‘Hello World’ onto my computer screen.

You also don’t need to have a degree in computer science – you just need be an open-minded and eager to learn.

How impactful is data science – how can people step into a role here?

Data science adds significant value to any company, in any industry, who use their data well. From predicting fraudulent transactions, analysing colleague and customer sentiment, to recommending which products are most suited for our customers.

The field is heavily sought after, with many opportunities for new roles. Whether you’re straight out of university or looking to transition into the data science space, find an area that interests and excites you!

What does it mean to be a woman in tech?

I am proud to be a woman in tech and I am passionate about encouraging more women into STEM related roles. Diversity plays a key role in any successful data science and technology project, so we should encourage, support and mentor more women coming from non-technological backgrounds. You don’t have to be a coder or a tech entrepreneur to be a woman in tech.

There are many women who are making significant contributions in technology related areas without being employed by technology companies or educated in technology disciplines.

As a global business are their opportunities to expand your network?

At Barclays, there are so many extra opportunities to get involved outside of your day-to-day role, expanding your network both globally and locally. I’ve had the chance to get involved in a wide variety of initiatives, from mentoring and coaching students, supporting early career growth and development, to presenting at a Future Banking conference on how machine learning is used in finance. All these opportunities enhance your network, help build fresh ideas, grow your confidence, and help you gain different perspectives, all of which is vital in the world we work in today.

Hear more from Barclays Women in Technology

Jo Garnett – Production Services
Victoria Simpson – Cyber & Security
Gillian M Lamela – Development & Engineering

The gender imbalance in technology doesn’t just represent a missed opportunity for women and society, but also for businesses. There is a growing body of evidence that having a more diverse workforce, including an equitable gender balance, makes for a better business. Put simply, diversity is a business advantage.”
Jayne Opperman, Managing Director, COO of Barclays UK

Learn more about opportunities in technology, at Barclays, here.

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