Advancing Data and Analytic Potential Together
Meet Tessa, a data analyst for Garmin. Before her first data analyst role, she worked “in every job imaginable — hotel maid, stage manager, paralegal, and even funeral home director.” By chance, a friend of hers suggested she accept a temporary job in which she was responsible for normalizing data. “This was the game-changer,” she explains. “I had planned on staying in this temp job for about six months. But I found I actually liked what I did.”
She confirms the importance of training: “At points, I felt out of my depth, so I put my hands on whatever I could to learn things. I took a bunch of free statistics courses and for the first time in my life, it made sense to me.
“After several months, I volunteered to take on a new project — a new role they called data validation. I looked through spreadsheets of information from vet clinics and searched for abnormalities. I developed a method to seek out these abnormalities — and found I really enjoyed it. I applied for the role permanently — and got it!
“In my new role, I led a team in collecting data. I got to encourage and help out others — some of whom had a similar story to me. I felt like these were my people and that I had found my place. I saw this as my forever career. I was happy. I wasn’t living paycheck to paycheck anymore. I found a future that balanced my need for order and sense, as well as my desire to creatively problem solve and help others. I continued to learn as much as I could on my own.
“Now, fast forward two years. Currently, I’m a data analyst on the subscription retention team for Garmin where I study customer behavior and help the team make better-informed decisions. It’s in this role that I first started using Alteryx and I’m hooked. It’s so simple yet has the ability to get really advanced.
“Six months turned into a year and now several years. I never planned on working with data, but here I am! I am an analyst.”