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Q&A with Yiran, MMA '19

Quick info

  • Graduating year: 2019
  • Current job title: Data Scientist, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning team, Customer Insights, Data and Analytics, Scotiabank
  • Previous education: Bachelor of Economics in Finance, Zhejiang University, China

Why did you decide to study the MMA program?

Firstly, I am fascinated by how capable companies are leveraging data analytics to make business decisions and drive impact. I’m thrilled to be part of the journey to equip companies, large or small, with data science skills. Secondly, the MMA curriculum is very well designed with the first semester courses focusing on hard-core tech skills and the second semester courses focusing on apply data science to solve finance, marketing and operation problems. The 8-month practicum is especially attractive to me. Imagine working on a data science project, of which none of them are obvious or easy, with a highly-recognized company. It was challenging but very practical and provided an excellent training for the future work as data science professionals.

What was your main reason for choosing Rotman?

  • The best business school of Canada
  • Superior location in Toronto
  • Broad Rotman alumni network 

What was the highlight of the Rotman experience? 

Definitely when I received the offer from Scotiabank to work as a data scientist in the AI & ML team. I felt a strong sense of accomplishment as I’ve fought my way through 3 rounds of pure-tech interviews and successfully marched a step to switch my career from finance to data science. 

How was your experience with the Rotman community?

I have met the best people at MMA, whom I felt most comfortable to work with, whom we share the same ambitions and whom I love and respect. I have met the best professors there too. They are knowledgeable, sympathetic, some of them strict but all very willing to help. I cannot think of more supportive program service and career centre, who stand on our ground when making various arrangements and decisions.

 


The Master of Management Analytics is designed to give students the advanced data management, analytics and communication skills needed to become an analytics professional in 9 months.

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