Marcel joined our Microsoft Analytics team in June 2022. He has already gained experience in the field of data and analytics, but the intensive collaboration with customers was still new to him. Even though his heart might have skipped a beat at his first customer meeting, he quickly got used to it over time.
In the interview, Marcel tells us what it takes to be a good data analyst.
How did you end up at BE-terna?My background is in systems integration. There I had the feeling that I would be better off in an environment where I can approach problems creatively. So I started looking for a new challenge. Actually, I was already contacted three years ago, but at that time a move to Innsbruck was not possible for me. Now that the opportunity arose to start in Überlingen, the decision was quickly made.
When did you realize that Data was the right field for you?The first point of contact in this sense was during my studies in business informatics at the HBW Ravensburg. In my previous job, I also worked a lot with data, but not nearly as intensively with customers. I have been trying to solve problems in an analytical way since I was very young. When I later saw how fast-moving the field of data is, I was immediately enthusiastic.
Working with data sounds boring to some, how boring is your job really?Not at all!
We help our customers to gain a better overview of the current business situation in order to derive recommendations for action in the next step.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 10 years ago, what would it be?
I would advise myself to enter consulting as soon as possible in order to gain various insights as early as possible. That is one of the highlights of this job for me. By interacting with clients from different industries, you broaden your horizons tremendously and it never gets boring because there are always new clients and projects waiting for you! The different customers are an ideal opportunity to expand your own know-how around data and methods.
What is your personal balance to work?Clearly sports. Be it in the mountains or cycling. It always helps me to clear my head. Sometimes it happens that I get lost in details and can't see the forest for the trees. The best thing to do then is to drop everything and go out into the fresh air for an hour. You then recognize patterns that you had previously overlooked and make further progress.
Those who lack self-discipline and stamina will have a hard time. You have to take your own initiative to find new solutions.