Why I chose to enroll in Economics:
I have always been a problem-solver and went into college trying to figure out what areas of focus would give me the greatest tools to amplify that aspect of myself, of which I believed Economics (and Mathematics) would aid me the most. Economics provides a purview into the world and how people make decisions that's fairly unique, using quantitative methods to measure the qualitative impact of decisions.
What do you do for work now?
I now work as a data science director at Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA). I lead EA’s Data Science team in the global analytics organization; our mission is to ensure that EA is leveraging data to best empower ourselves to fully understand each player within our ecosystem. The work we do ranges from player-facing data products, such as in-game recommendation engines and multiplayer matchmaking, to indirect support by developing tools and systems that expand the capabilities of other teams within the company.
We strive to promote a data-centric culture within EA as a whole, pushing marketing groups and game teams alike to think of how to use data to make better decisions.
I loved Economics of Japan because it highlighted two things: First how different the cultures of our world can be, and secondly and perhaps most importantly, how similar the underlying mechanics and motivations of our actions really are.
- Take risks and don't be afraid to try a lot of different things; learning how to fail fast is one of the best techniques I've ever learned.
- Try different jobs and branch out from your hobbies; you'd be surprised what comes in handy and how things you learn in two totally unrelated fields marry together well.
- When you make a decision, commit to it; nothing kills motivation and positive inertia like second-guessing yourself.