Meet Abhay Sarkar from Optum

In this INSAID Spotlight interview, we feature Abhay Sarkar, a Finance Manager working with United Health Group, Optum. His insatiable passion for knowledge and upskilling led him to enroll in the Global Certificate in Data Science program at INSAID. 

Question 1: Which program & batch are you a part of at INSAID & tell us more about your current work profile?

Abhay: I am part of the Global Certificate in Data Science (GCD) program, May 2021 batch. Currently, I am working as Finance Manager, Healthcare in United Health Group.

Question 2: Walk us through your career journey & what got you interested in Data Science & Machine Learning?

Abhay: I have been working for Healthcare clients for the past seven years. As a Finance Manager, my work comprises discussion with clients about their pain points and offering the best solutions.

Question 3: What tools and packages in Data Science & Machine Learning have you mastered at INSAID so far?

Abhay: I have majorly worked on the coding language of Python and its various packages like Numpy, Pandas, Scikit-Learn for modeling, Matplotlib for Data Visualization, and Logistic/Linear Regression, and KNN, etc.

I’m yet to explore other coding languages such as R, SAS, and other tools such as Tableau and Power BI.

Question 4: What challenges did you face when you started your Data Science journey and how did you overcome them?

Abhay: Initially I found coding tough but with regular practice, attending live classes, free sessions and blogs have been really helpful. 

Question 5: Who is your favorite faculty at INSAID and what did you learn from them?

Abhay: The Instructors at INSAID such as Suchit, Neelmani, Dr. Darshan, and Sayan, are all fabulous.

My favorite part is the bonus round which started with the Q&A doubt clearing sessions. Suchit & Sayan have brilliant ways of explaining concepts with examples.

Question 6: What is the goal of Data Science?

Abhay: The goal of Data Science is to implement tools and offer the best business solutions to problems. 

Question 7: How has Data Science evolved in the last few years?

Abhay: Data Science has evolved in a great way and the world is changing with the power to predict and act for the best possible solutions. Every Industry is getting benefitted from the power of Data Science.

Hope you enjoyed reading this interview. If you want to read more such interesting student stories, check out INSAID Spotlight.

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