Renaissa Ghosh is a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying computer engineering with a minor in business economics. She serves as a mentor for the Women in Engineering Program and she is involved in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Society as a committee member for the Spark Challenge, an event for students to show off their technical skill through various projects. Renaissa was able to work with Kering Inc. as a business analyst and enjoyed the experience for furthering her knowledge on data analysis and how it can influence a company.
Where did you work/intern over the summer?
I worked at Kering Inc. at its New Jersey office. Kering is a $16 billion company that deals with high end fashion including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Stella Mccartney, and Alexander Mcqueen.
Can you tell me a little about what your overall experience was like working there and what your typical day was like?
I landed a job as a business analyst. My job involved studying the pattern of incidents and problems of various application systems, developing a data model, predicting the future behavior of these application systems and helping the business know what to expect in future and to support them. My experience with Kering was really good. I learned about how real time data analysis and data models can bring enormous value to a company and support functions by predicting and enhancing customer experience.
What did this job teach you about yourself?
The job taught me how to handle a huge volume of data, how a mathematical model is used, and how to predict future behavior of systems. I also learned how to understand and select key variables for such modelling.
Where do you see yourself working post-graduation?
I would like to work somewhere where I can gain more experience in the areas of data science and modelling.
How do you feel that your education at Purdue helped you while working for this company?
I learned a lot at Purdue about statistical tools, programming tools and data science which all go hand-in-hand in designing and developing simulation models. These skills will help me work towards my future goal of being business and financial analyst.
What career readiness tools has Purdue provided you with?
Purdue has helped me feel career ready by giving me the opportunity to attend sessions on leadership, business and technology. These have given me the tools I need to apply my academic knowledge to a business environment.
What career advice would you give to underclassmen?
One of the biggest challenge we as students face is applying what we learn in class to the workplace. I urge my peers to understand how to apply the lessons learned in class each semester to their future careers. This will help you understand the impact that your knowledge can make on society.