Having been working as a data analyst in a bank for a few years, I feel difficult to let others around me know what I am doing everyday. Data crunchers are like “outliers” among those traditional bankers. As a result, I didn’t build any reputation through my analytical skills.
But there came a time when I finally stood out of the crowd!
About a year and half ago, our compliance officer’s wife was expecting. A group of us got together to offer him a “baby shower”. A pile of wrapped gifts was placed on a table in the middle of a conference room. The officer opened the gifts one by one, all of them were purchased based on the gift registry at Target. When he opened mine, he saw two pieces, one was from Target, another was a baby sweat jacket knitted by myself!
He, as well as all others in the room, was totally surprised. The little sweat jacket was knitted using very soft yarns especially made for new born babies. It was designed to be cardigan style which is easily put onto a baby, no any buttons attached with the consideration of choking hazard.
The sweat jacket was passed around from one person to another. People looked at it with a slight disbelief that it was made by a “nerd”. After the shower, a lady came to me for the knitting pattern, and also invited me to join a knitting club inside the bank.
A few days later, the officer’s wife wrote a special note to thank me for the sweat jacket. About a year later, the officer showed me a picture of his 11-month old daughter in that sweat jacket, and told me that his little girl loved wearing and touching it since it was so soft and comfortable.
So far it is still the case that not many people around me understand statistics, financial modeling or regression, then I have not gained any reputation as a successful data scientist. However, that cute baby sweat jacket has won me a reputation as a good knitter!