The path to a data career isn’t always linear. For Anusha Bharal, her tertiary study began studying medical science as an international student at the Australian National University. From there, she undertook honours in psychology, where she found that the patterns and insights contained in data is “so powerful in illustrating human behaviour.”
On finishing her study, a graduate data consultant job ad from Robinson Ryan caught her eye. “It talked about both data and psychology – literally the two things I was looking for in a job.”
Anusha joined Robinson Ryan’s Graduate Program, which marries extensive data training with on-the-job experience working on client data management projects – under close mentorship from experienced data consultants. “I’m finding it really exciting,” Anusha said. “The training is so interactive, and you meet people from all different companies and learn from their experience too. I love that I can plan out my path to become a Certified Data Management Practitioner and also take on a graduate project where I can present to the whole team on any topic that relates to data management. I will focus on mental health, which is a great opportunity to explore my personal passion.”
But it’s the client work that Anusha enjoys the most. She’s working on a major data management project in healthcare designing frameworks and service catalogues. “I enjoy simplifying complicated information to communicate clearly with senior executives,” she said.
Reflecting on her emerging data career, Anusha says the variety is appealing. “Every day there is something new – you’re not doing the same thing over and over. The project I’m on is also very meaningful – contributing to Australia’s wellbeing.”
As for the link between data and psychology, Anusha says it’s clear. “Data governance in particular is inherently people based,” she said. “You need to draw on psychology principles to align your strategy with people’s motivations so you can achieve change.”
And the graduate program itself? “I really enjoy the supportive environment at Robinson Ryan. I’m actively taken care of and feel like my growth and wellbeing is a priority. The work is exciting and meaningful and the training is very interactive and helpful.“