Be able to explain what you do to your granny

  • data-analytics
  • idea
  • spring
Because it is actually quite hard. And even though it's also Consider a role of an Analytics Engineer difficult to define it in technical terms, it's much more so in non-technical terms.

This is the one I like the most:

Analytics Engineers are like librarians. They curate the catalogue so that researchers can do their work more effectively.

Imagine a vast library: without organisation, finding the right book would be a nightmare. I ensure data is well-organised and accessible, allowing people to quickly find the information they need.

Just like a good library supports research, our curated data systems help the company make smart decisions.

I automate things so that people don't have to keep track of literally thousands of spreadsheets in order to measure business metrics

I'm on a team of people who makes buildings out of Legos.

  • There are the gatherers, who gather Legos from the world (store, garage sales) and store them in the box. Maybe, they even create their own Legos sometimes.
  • Then, we have the builders. They of course create beautiful, impactful worlds out of Legos.
  • My job is to take the Legos from the box and assemble them into components or parts. That way, the builders can use the parts we build instead of dealing with the chaos or complexity of the box.
  • The parts we assemble should empower the builders to focus on creating a world more efficiently and without worrying as much about structural integrity.
  • A fun part of my job is deciding what those parts will be, which involves creativity and subjectivity. We have to think about things like: what might the builders build in the future? How can we build parts that efficiently serve multiple purposes today? All of this involves cooperation and collaboration with both the gatherers and the builders.