Speaker: Debbie Kerr, Data Scientist at M&G Plc
Stepping into your first role from tertiary education can often feel like a giant leap. While university challenged you a lot intellectually and taught you many life skills, taking that first step into your career can be intimidating.
With studying, the path to success is standard: study hard -> do well in a test -> get a good mark -> progress to the next level of education. In the workplace this can feel less clear. How do you define “doing a good job” when career progression is often non-linear, and success is not a standardised recipe?
Even though university teaches us many life skills, as you step into your new role you’ll find new challenges and, as early career starters, we often feel the pressure to appear confident and brush away the challenges we face.
In this presentation, we will focus on early career journeys and get a personal stance from one of M&G’s data scientists, Debbie Kerr, who has recently completed a graduate scheme.
From her firsthand experience, we’ll look at how to grow your own personal brand, make the most of opportunities that come your way, overcome obstacles and build the confidence required for your first job.
About the Speaker:
Debbie Kerr is a data scientist at M&G. After graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a first-class honors degree, she joined the M&G graduate scheme where she found a passion for data.
After completing the graduate programme she secured a full-time data role where she leads on various projects and mentors’ new joiners.
She has a passion for diversity and inclusion and has led on initiatives within data analytics resulting in a partnership with Women in Data. Debbie also gets involved in a lot of philanthropic work at M&G using technology to help charity partners with their key initiatives.
During her time at university, Debbie was a BP (British Petroleum) scholar and a STEM ambassador.