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Sneha Reddy Konakati

Career Path: Data Analyst, Tesla
Location: London, UK

Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I was eager to dive into Big Data and Data Science. Recognising the immense potential of this field, I decided to pursue a Masters program that would equip me with the advanced knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in the industry. Throughout my graduate studies, I immersed myself in a diverse array of subjects, ranging from data mining and predictive modelling to database management and data visualisation.

One of the defining aspects of my academic journey was the opportunity to work on real-world projects and collaborate with industry professionals. These experiences not only enhanced my technical expertise but also provided invaluable insights into the practical applications of data science across various domains. Whether it was analysing consumer behaviour patterns or developing predictive models, each project fuelled my passion for leveraging data to drive meaningful outcomes. Beyond the classroom, I actively sought out opportunities to expand my professional network and stay abreast of the latest advancements in the field. Engaging in workshops, conferences, and online communities allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals and gain insights from seasoned practitioners. Moreover, I pursued internships and part-time roles that enabled me to apply my skills in real-world settings, further bolstering my readiness for a career in Big Data and Data Science. Today, as I reflect on my journey thus far, I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that have shaped my career trajectory. Armed with a strong foundation in data analytics and a passion for continuous learning.

What are you doing now? Sneha Reddy Konakati

Currently, I am working as a Data Analyst at Tesla, and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience thus far. In my role as a Data Analyst at Tesla, I am responsible for analysing large datasets to extract valuable insights that drive business decisions. I utilise statistical techniques and data visualisation tools to identify trends, patterns, and correlations within the data. I collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including technicians, service managers, and other professionals to understand their data needs and provide actionable insights. This involves creating reports, and presentations to effectively communicate findings and recommendations. I play a key role by leveraging data-driven approaches, I contribute to enhancing operational efficiency, improving product performance, and ultimately driving the success of Tesla's innovative initiatives in the electric vehicle industry. Working at Tesla has provided me with an exciting opportunity to apply my analytical skills in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, where I am constantly challenged to think critically and creatively to solve complex problems. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of a team that is revolutionising transportation and sustainability through cutting-edge technology and innovation.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

As a student reflecting on my decision to study at Northumbria University, I can confidently say that it was a combination of factors like vibrant campus life, strong employability prospects, academic excellence, and the appeal of London that ultimately made me decide to study at Northumbria University. The university is renowned for its high-quality teaching, innovative research, and strong industry links. Knowing that I would be learning from experts in their respective fields and gaining practical skills relevant to today's workforce was a significant factor in my decision-making process. Northumbria's emphasis on employability was particularly appealing. The university's strong connections with industry leaders and opportunities for internships, placements, and networking events provided me with the assurance that my degree would not only be academically rigorous but also directly applicable to my future career aspirations.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? 

Studying at Northumbria University was an enriching and dynamic experience. One of the things that stood out to me was the diverse range of teaching methods employed across different modules. In terms of structure, there was a good mix of lectures, seminars, and team projects. Lectures provided a solid foundation of knowledge on various subjects, while seminars offered a more interactive environment for discussions and deeper exploration of concepts. The team projects were particularly valuable as they allowed us to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios and collaborate with classmates, fostering essential teamwork and problem-solving skills. Feedback from professors and tutors was consistently constructive and insightful. They not only highlighted areas for improvement but also offered practical suggestions on how to enhance our work. This feedback loop was crucial in helping me grow academically and develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter. I would say my time at Northumbria was characterised by engaging learning experiences, supportive faculty, and a vibrant academic community. It provided me with the tools and confidence to navigate the challenges of the professional world effectively.

How connected was your course with industry?

As a former student of the esteemed institution, I can confidently attest to the strong connection between my course and the industry. Throughout my academic journey, I found numerous opportunities to engage with real-world applications and professionals in the field. One of the highlights of my program was the mandatory internship placement, which provided invaluable hands-on experience in the industry. This placement not only allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios but also gave me insights into the workings of the industry and potential career paths. My coursework was designed to incorporate project-based learning, where I collaborated with industry partners to tackle real challenges. These projects not only enhanced my problem-solving skills but also enabled me to network with professionals and gain a deeper understanding of industry practices. The strong emphasis on industry engagement, through internships, projects played a pivotal role in preparing us for the demands of the professional world and fostering a seamless transition from academia to industry.

What was the best thing about your course?

As a student who completed the MSc in Big Data and Data Science with Advanced Practice, I can confidently say that the best thing about this course was its hands-on approach to learning. Throughout the program, I was constantly engaged in practical, real-world projects that allowed me to apply the theoretical knowledge I gained in the classroom to actual data sets and problems. One of the highlights of the course was the advanced practice component, where I had the opportunity to work with industry partners on live projects. This not only gave me invaluable experience working in a professional setting but also allowed me to build connections and network within the industry.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Northumbria's rigorous academic curriculum equipped me with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills relevant to my field of study. The university's emphasis on practical, hands-on learning experiences allowed me to develop invaluable practical skills that I could immediately apply in real-world scenarios. Whether through industry placements, research projects, or collaborative initiatives with leading professionals, Northumbria fostered an environment conducive to learning by doing, which proved instrumental in preparing me for the challenges of the workplace. Moreover, the university's strong emphasis on employability ensured that I received comprehensive support in developing essential career skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership. From career counselling services to networking opportunities with alumni and industry partners, Northumbria provided me with the resources and guidance necessary to navigate the job market with confidence and poise.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

As a graduate of the MSc Big Data and Data Science program, I can confidently say that the skills and knowledge I acquired during my studies have been invaluable throughout my career. One of the most impactful skills I learned was advanced data analysis techniques, including statistical analysis and machine learning algorithms. These skills have enabled me to extract meaningful insights from large datasets and make data-driven decisions in various aspects of my work. Additionally, the program provided me with a solid foundation in programming languages such as Python and R, which are essential tools for data manipulation and analysis in the field. Moreover, I gained expertise in data visualisation techniques, allowing me to effectively communicate complex findings to stakeholders. Overall, the MSc program equipped me with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving field of big data and data science, and I continue to leverage these capabilities to drive innovation and solve real-world problems in my career.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

During my time at Northumbria University, I cherished the vibrant atmosphere and the diverse opportunities for personal and academic growth. One of the highlights of my experience was co-founding the Club Show Me London. This initiative allowed me to combine my passion for exploring new cultures with my desire to foster a sense of community among students. Organising trips and events to showcase the rich tapestry of London's offerings was incredibly fulfilling, as it brought together students from various backgrounds to share memorable experiences and forge lasting friendships. Through this club, I not only expanded my own horizons but also had the privilege of facilitating others' discovery of the vibrant city that is London. The sense of camaraderie and adventure that permeated our club activities remains one of my fondest memories from my time at Northumbria University.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

If you are considering studying at Northumbria, my advice would be to embrace every opportunity that comes your way. Get involved in extracurricular activities, engage with professors and fellow students, and take advantage of the resources available to you. The University offers a unique blend of academic excellence and cultural immersion, providing students with a platform to thrive both academically and personally. I would encourage prospective students to explore the various programs and courses offered by the university and to choose a path that aligns with their interests and career goals. Whether you're pursuing a degree in business, law, or arts and design, Northumbria London provides the resources and support necessary for success. I would advise incoming students to make the most of their time in London. The city is a hub of culture, innovation, and opportunity, and studying at Northumbria London allows you to immerse yourself in all that it has to offer. Take the time to explore the city, try new things, and make lasting memories.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Transformative, enriching and unforgettable.

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