Meet the Team - Fariya Bano

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How did your career begin?
Towards the end of my master’s in Data Analysis, I was looking for a placement opportunity to gain some professional experience in the field. During that time, I came across the placement opportunity at ROCOL for a Business Intelligence Analyst. As I was very close to the deadline to acquire a placement, I went into the interview without any expectations. I just wanted to be confident with everything I had learned and applied in the numerous assignments and projects. I was very surprised when I got a call so quickly the next day asserting that I was being offered the role.

How long have you worked at ROCOL and what attracted you to the company?
I have been at ROCOL for a little over 6 months now which has given me enough time to understand how everything works within a company in the lubricants industry. I am also more familiar with data and how it reflects our operations. For my role, generally when you code, 70% of the time is spent on preparing the data for analysis, while only 30% is spent on the actual analysis. ROCOL was doing things a little differently.

In the role description, Power BI was explicitly mentioned. That’s when it struck me that a lot of time that is spent on cleaning the data is significantly reduced. Also, from that, I understood that I would have more flexibility in how I would apply the software to fulfil the requirements of the task.

What are your favourite parts of your role?
I absolutely love that my role allows me to interact with different departments in the business and actively participate in the operations. There is a strong and nurturing environment for professional development which has helped me gradually build some expertise in Power BI. I love it when colleagues approach me to ask about how certain things work in Power BI or if they just have a new request for a report.

How do you spend your time outside work?
I love travelling. When the weather is nice, I’m either exploring all the nearby towns or visiting friends in Leicester and York. When at home, I enjoy trying new recipes and watching (crime)documentaries. With friends, I usually spend time exploring new restaurants, singing at karaoke, or playing very competitive games. Otherwise, you will usually spot me at a coffee shop in Leeds city centre.

Share one fact that your colleagues wouldn’t know about you.
I am a huge fan of all things K-culture. I first discovered it in 2017 and have explored at least 80% of the content. As Bong Joon Ho said, once I overcame “the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles”, I was introduced to a whole new world of amazing content. I can also read and casually converse in Korean. I want to be a master of the language before I ever visit South Korea.

Besides that, I am fluent in 4 languages – English, Hindi, Urdu and Kannada. My spice level is Nando’s Extra Hot (I’m quite proud of it). My not-so-secret dream is to be able to ride the scariest roller coasters, skydive, bungee jump, etc.

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