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Discussion on: What are you not interested in learning?

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Helen Anderson

Great topic!

And very timely with the end of year period of reflection coming.

Here’s my list of what I’d like to and not like to be doing (from a Data Analysts point of view)

Things I’m interested in:

  • Building in AWS
  • Python
  • ETL
  • Building Data models in Wherescape
  • Using github properly, not just my own repos
  • Devops
  • Writing good documentation
  • Helping people

Things I’m not interested in:

  • Building reports that get ignored
  • AI/machine learning/VR/blockchain/hype
  • Front end web dev
  • Google analytics and using data to ‘sell more stuff’
  • Anything with maths
  • Product mgmt/ownership
  • Project mgmt
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Vinay Hegde • Edited on

Excellent list of likes & dislikes, Helen. I'd concur with a whole lot of points especially DevOps, documentation, AWS & more importantly helping people solve a problem.

Dislikes would be math related stuff like the whole space-time complexities (Yeah I know a lot of people would disagree with me but I believe it looks good only in those hardbound books, haha) along with the whole paradigm of preparing and giving a live whiteboard interview and/or some kind of an online challenge that evaluates one's programming skills

Good devs are usually concerned about what impact their code has on the product and the end-users rather than scoring high on those tests because it's clear a solution can be found in conjunction with Google/StackOverflow/Official Docs anyway.

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Helen Anderson

Math isn’t my strong suit. It’s never spun my wheels and I’m not very good at it. I sit next to a group of data scientists who are always whiteboarding complex looking equations, while I’m more concerned about keeping the database clean, organised and not broken for when they start using it. I thought data science could be a good next move, but the advanced math and statistics has scared me off.

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Helen Anderson

I agree with you on coding just to get high scores on tests too!

I want to solve problems and make something better not just do it for the sake of doing it :)

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Vinay Hegde

Even I've never been a whiz at math either. I also believe the whiteboard challenge in a interview is never a true indicator of one's coding skills since the human brain can remember only so many things and there's no assurance that someone who aces those will necessarily be a good fit at that particular organization.