This is the second post of our ongoing Wiggle Workers Spotlight series where we ask part-time remote job seekers in tech a bit about what they are looking for and their remote working routine. Our goal here is to connect job seekers with each other as well as get the word out to employers that they are available. The first post, with front-end developer Aminah Burch can be found here.
We were delighted to virtually sit down and ask guest and data analyst Katie Segreti a few questions this week.
Could you tell us a bit about your professional background and what type of position are you looking for now?
I’m a data analyst specializing in R and experienced in creating interactive data visualizations. I have a master’s degree in quantitative methods and modeling from Baruch College. Previously, I managed market data services for Tudor Investment Corporation. After that, I maintained, analyzed and visualized data for Institutional Investor’s newsletter division.
I now work part-time producing quarterly reports on institutional asset management for Pageant Media. I automated a lot of this job, so it’s less hours than it used to be. I’m looking for similar data analysis positions, especially those that involve data visualization.
What is one of your professional accomplishments you are most proud of?
When I started working on the quarterly reports I do, they were all made in Microsoft Excel. I moved it to R, where I wrote functions to create the required tables. Now the whole process takes less than half the time it used to.
What topics are you looking to learn more about in your next role; in what area would you like to grow?
I love creating visuals and would love to do more data visualization. I’ve used D3JS and AMCharts JS to make interactive charts for the web. I’ve also been working on some fun charts and visuals with R’s ggplot package.
How long have you worked remotely? Do you have any tricks or tips regarding working remotely?
I’ve been doing this for almost two years and it is harder than I thought it would be! I miss talking to people. But sometimes the solitude is good. When I’m writing code I can’t even listen to music with lyrics, let alone conversations. I find the best time to work for me is at night when everyone else is in bed and I have no distractions. I’ve given up on trying to do any work that requires real brain power when my toddler daughter is home and awake. It’s impossible. So I try to get as much other stuff done as I can when she’s around so I can get right to work when she goes to bed.
What do you do to make working remotely comfortable?
My cat likes to sit on my lap when I work but she sometimes gets carried away and head-buts my hands when I’m typing. I have a lot of little perler bead sprites I’ve made on my desk that I like to rearrange.
What is the best way for employers to see your work and get in touch?
Please check out my evolving website data-chips.com for my portfolio and resume!
Thank you so much for chatting with us Katie!