I volunteered for the career day for the 11th and 12th graders at my son’s school and they asked me to explain what I do:
More specifically, they asked me to “please provide a brief job description and list the most important aspects of your current job. This will help our students understand what you do on a daily basis.”
Wanting to be completely honest with these kids who are about to try to pick a school, pick a major, figure out a career, I sent them this:
I lead a plucky team of data scientists, engineers, and analysts in finding undeclared nuclear R&D around the world. We built/bought/integrated the software, begged/borrowed/took the data, fused it together into something that can swing a billion data records at our most difficult questions, and trained people in how to wield the tools we’d built.
– large-scale data analytics
– information modeling
– machine learning
– information visualization
– not knowing when to quit
What would you say?