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Case Study: Rachel Berryman

Personal details
Degree:MSc Sustainable Development Profile picture
School(s): School of Geography and Sustainable Development
Year of Graduation:Nov-2016
National of: United States of America
Employment details
Organisation: Tempus Energy
Job title: Manager - Analytics & Customer Performance
Occupational Sector: Research Analysis
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After graduating, I worked as a Senior Analyst at an energy consulting firm in New York. I then received a scholarship to complete a Data Science bootcamp in Berlin, Germany. From there I was hired by Tempus Energy as a Data Scientist, working on energy demand flexibility technology for reducing cost and carbon emissions. After 10 months I was promoted to my current role as Manager of Analytics and Customer Performance.
What does your job involve ?
I liaise between our Data Science and Technology teams and our flexible energy customers to improve our product and streamline reporting on cost and carbon savings.
What are the best bits of your job ?
I very much enjoy explaining the technical intricacies of our flexibility product in a way that anyone can understand. I like that I am able to continue to use my Data Science experience and skills and work closely with the technology team. I am also very lucky to work for such a mission-driven company committed to curbing climate change through innovation.
Why were you successful?
I was not afraid to take a (calculated) risk to quit my job to accept the scholarship to study Data Science in Berlin. I knew that having more technical skills would only help my future career in this age where every company is a technology company, and when the opportunity arose I took the plunge. Much more importantly, I was very particular in choosing to work for a company that fits my values and where I work towards the mission of stopping climate change every day. To me, that is what success looks like - working towards a goal larger than a pay check or job title alongside colleagues with similar goals.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
The ability to think critically and take an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems are the main skills on which my SD degree focused. I use these skills every day working for an innovative start-up disrupting the energy industry. Also, studying alongside an extremely diverse international cohort prepared me to work in an international environment today.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
I would advise current students to get as many technical skills as possible, particularly in regards to coding and quantitative analysis. I would also say to stay committed to finding work that you're passionate about; you will be so much happier and feel successful that way.