Not just a Data Scientist – Thomas the Skydiver

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We caught up with Thomas Bird, Data Scientist at Think Big Analytics, to find out why he applied to work for us and what he loves about working for the company. 

What made you apply to Think Big Analytics?

The reason I applied to work for Think Big Analytics was the innovative projects they seemed to have, using the latest and greatest tools. Think Big Analytics do data science right, trying to productionize things and gain some awesome insights. It seemed like a very interesting company to work for.

How long have you been working here for?

I’ve worked at Think Big Analytics for about six months now.

Describe the most interesting project you have worked on?

The project I have most enjoyed since working here involved using a number of different data sets to determine which diabetic patients were likely to have heart attacks or strokes next. This was interesting because we were working with medical data, which enabled us to start to predict which patients would suffer which complications. As a result, we were able to use the data to help the patients directly.

What’s your favourite aspect about working for Think Big Analytics?

I would say the best thing about working for Think Big Analytics is the social atmosphere. For example, most Fridays we go for team drinks, which is a great end to the week.

How do you find the central location and the amenities around?

We’re lucky enough to be placed in central London, with Borough Market just across the road, meaning an amazing choice of food for lunch! We’re also right next to The Shard – it’s a pretty cool place to work.

What do you think about the company values?

Think Big Analytics gives you lots of freedom at work and there are always a good choice of things to keep us busy in between projects. Some of the tasks that I’ve worked on while not on a client project include using image recognition to identify photos and looking at speech recognition algorithms. Furthermore, we have the option to work from home some days and flexible working hours.

How does the company support your development?

We have a training budget, so we can attend conferences or training courses both internally and externally. Recently, there was a big Spark training course run for our data science team. The company flew in a bunch of people from Europe, and we all took part in the training which was great fun – we all learnt a lot.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Outside of work, I generally enjoy socializing and skydiving. My main hobby is skydiving – I’ve done about 300 skydives now, it’s pretty good fun. You get to fall and fly, or at least pretend you’re flying!

Keep an eye out for our second part of the series of blogs coming later this week!

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