A Day In The Life Of: A Research Analyst For Whom Data Science Is Not All Glam & Bing

In our weekly column ‘A Day In The Life Of’, we are trying to step into the shoes of awesome techies from various organisations and sectors who are working in emerging tech areas like big data, data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things, among others.

This week Analytics India Magazine got in touch with Krisha Mistry, a Research Analyst who works at Decimal Point Analytics, to talk about her work, enthusiasm for higher education and her love for languages.

Mistry is a driven young woman who likes to make sure that her day is productive and efficient. Her day begins at 6 am and she starts work at 7.30 am. “I have a regular nine-hour working day,” she says with a smile.

Working in a fast-paced sector like data analytics, Mistry sometimes feels like things are moving too fast. She, however, has her eyes on the prize. “I am simultaneously working and studying for my Master’s degree. That is why I don’t have a lot of free time. She, however, has learned to make optimal use of her spare time. “I have always loved to learn new languages. So I actively take out time for that and pursue it,” she says enthusiastically. She adds that things have picked up pace after she finished her studies at Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics.

Mistry also makes sure that her work, studies and hobbies do not claim all of her time. “I also make sure that I spend enough time with my family and friends. They are the ones who keep me grounded,” she says. “My social life exists somewhere between active and boring. There are days when I just go to work and do nothing else. Meanwhile, on some days, I go out with my friends for a drive or for dinner with my family,” she explains after a pause.

When asked about her work, Mistry says, “My role is that of a Research Analyst. I basically accumulate data — micro level as well as macro-level data — for various daily and monthly reports prepared by my firm. I have to find data and information on a particular topic and present it in an organised manner. My work primarily consists of researching. Since I am a part of the Global Market Research team, I have to search and present daily market news and analysis in an orderly manner.”

Mistry says that she is currently working on daily macro-economic reports right now. “This involves working on daily market reports that predominantly centre around the South African markets,” she explains.

When asked about the best and the worst parts of her workday, Mistry says with a smile, “The best part of my day is the very beginning — I love taking on new assignments! And as you can imagine the boring part of my day is when the work turns out to be a little boring — I tend to get bored towards the end in such cases,” she says.

We asked Mistry about whether she feels her company is making use of her abundant talent. She replied, happily, “Yes. I believe that my company is encouraging me to always put my best foot forward by assigning work that pertains to my interest and capabilities. However, I try my best to make sure that I continuously and diligently work towards it.”

When asked about her plans for the future, Mistry is all ready with the answers: “In the next five years, I want to explore various opportunities that will help me develop my skills, take on interesting projects in my area of expertise, and build my career to a level that I have always worked towards. My short term goal is to develop my knowledge of the sector I am currently working in, as well as be instrumental to the progress and growth of the organisation I am affiliated with,” she says, signing off.

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Prajakta is a Writer/Editor/Social Media diva. Lover of all that is 'quaint', her favourite things include dogs, Starbucks, butter popcorn, Jane Austen novels and neo-noir films. She has previously worked for HuffPost, CNN IBN, The Indian Express and Bose.

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