This week’s student spotlight introduces Yu-Hsuan, who joined the Applied MSc in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence programme in Spring 2019.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration in Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan started learning French. She worked in SAP in the Business Analytic department, where she had the chance to work with many business analysis tools and maintain the database. French language and SAP working experience lead her to her Master’s Degree in Marketing and Big Data in Toulouse Business School.
Yu-Hsuan also worked in an IoT startup called UnaBiz in Taiwan as an International Marketing intern. After showing interest and ability in IT systems, she was hired as a Data Product Manager, closely working with the software/hardware engineers and the AWS Cloud architect.
What’s so exciting about Data Science & AI? This is a new area in the industry and the demand of talented people in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is huge. Unfortunately, there’s not enough people who acquire the right skills. As we are living in the world surrounded with enormous data, it is thrilling to be the one who can create value for human being from those data. Just by seeing how AI and Data Science is changing the world now, I want to be part of it!
Why did you choose to attend DSTI? I was looking for a short term but intensive training with a strong focus on the latest IT topics. Moreover, I am very interested in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing services such as AWS – and I was very excited to be able to find a school that has all the aspects that I was looking for. When I saw the Applied MSc in Data Science & AI programme, I knew that I would gain all the skills required to become a Data Scientist.
What is your favorite course at DSTI? My favorite course is Foundations of Statistical Analysis and Machine Learning. This is one of the most challenging courses we had so far, with all the statistics theory and practices, we need much more of our personal time to understand and be able to use in practice what we have learned in the course.
This is really a course where we apply many theories into practice using R software. After learning from the professor, I felt different from many other data scientists in the industry. Instead of only applying everything provided from the software, we understanding more how and why we can apply the method to solve our problems. By understand the background of the solution, we would be able to use the software in a more correct way and avoid some mistakes of just copying pasting the solution and pressing buttons.
What was your biggest accomplishment since you are at DSTI? I am one of the only students who does not come from an engineering background. I had many worries at first, but with the hard work I was able to catch up with the course like the others. The biggest accomplishment for myself is to write code and understand it. I never imagined that I would be able to write the code by myself and to produce some interesting results from it.
What do you like the most about studying in Paris? Paris is indeed a very charming city. In my free time after school or in the weekend when we need some rest, this is the city where you would never get bored. Almost every time I was able to find a new charming area in Paris, beautiful parks, a tasty restaurant, a relaxing bar, some random festivals or just to spend one afternoon in a museum. It is a city full of love and laughter – perfect to reduce the stress of studying.
What would you like others to know about being an international student at DSTI? Being an international student, must of us leave our home and comfort zone to be here. At DSTI, we found not just friends but family too. School staff really does care about every one of us and they are willing to help us in all aspects. We have a close and strong relationship between students and even with professors. As an international student I don’t feel at all lonely in this foreign city.
The diversity of student backgrounds is one of the fascinating points in DSTI. Everyone has different backgrounds and strengths, as a result, we all are able to help each other in different subjects in the school. As we are all from different backgrounds, we hadve many different working and life experiences to share.
What’s your favorite quote? You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. – BySteve Jobs
This is my favourite quote from Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005. It was very touching when I first heard it. Since then I use this quote all the time when I’m facing any decision in my life.