I wanted to do more and pursue a career in the new word of data science and big data. UTS was the only university in Australia, and perhaps the world, to provide a transdisciplinary human-centric course- the MDSI.
This course is not all about improving my technical capabilities, but also about acknowledging the ethics and the responsibility behind my decisions. Creativity and ingenuity are also fundamental to be able to embrace the “unknown unknowns” so common in the data science practice, and those characteristics are nurtured throughout the course, as is strong teamwork and communication.
I’ve been taught in state of the art techniques and methods by passionate lecturers and guest industry leaders. I’ve worked on real-life data problems and been tested in my capabilities, learning all along the way. I’ll always remember how my work for a subject, was presented to senior stakeholders in a major organisation, and fundamentally changed their perspective on the uses of their data. In the future I know I’ll become a key player in the area, continuing to exert change and use the capabilities learned in a responsible way, thanks to the MDSI course.