👋 My name is Emily Siegel.

I am an accidental Geologist and Data Scientist-in-training.

If you had asked me at 5-years-old what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was usually Artist, Lawyer or Astronaut depending on the day. This wasn’t part of some 10-year plan and I didn’t even know what I wanted to study when I started college.

So, how did I find myself here today in week 2 of a 12-week Data Science Immersive at General Assembly? I can honestly say that it’s a combination of simply choosing to take each next best step when presented to me, a dash of intellectual curiosity, and of course watching youtube videos of volcanic eruptions during Intro to Earth Hazards freshman year. I earned my B.S. in Geology from the University of Vermont in 2012 and I’ve been working as a Geoscientist and Data Analyst in Denver ever since.

I made the decision to fully pivot to Data Science after working very closely alongside a team of data scientists for the past 2+ years and getting to see first hand all of the interesting and valuable work that they do. And, to be honest, after having survived several rounds of Oil & Gas downturns and layoffs over the past 9 years, I was ultimately laid off in May 2021 which finally gave me the push I needed to reevaluate my career and future. A blessing in disguise — or so I hope! Ask me again in about 10.5 weeks when I’ve hopefully persevered to the end of bootcamp!

So why Data Science? I’m passionate about the whole process from brainstorming to data collection to building a proof-of-concept and then hopefully seeing the results get deployed in production. I love puzzles and Data Science problems can be treated as such! I’m thrilled to have this opportunity and continue down this exciting but challenging path.

A few years ago I took a personality and strengths finder test at work and mine came back with information as the first quality — meaning I’m always asking questions and seeking a deeper understanding of something. This test could have probably saved me some time having to figure this out on my own, however, it made me realize maybe I wasn’t an accidental Geologist or Data Scientist after all. Geologists seek to understand the world around them and Data Scientists in fact do the same. I do believe that we all can have multiple different pivots throughout our careers and the intersection of everything I’ve done with data analytics thus far plus learning all kinds of new cool stuff and how to apply it, is what Data Science is all about!

TL;DR

👋 My name is still Emily Siegel.

📍 I am based in Denver, CO.

⚒️ 💻 I’m a Geologist and Data Scientist-in-training at General Assembly!

Data Scientist | Geoscientist | Spice Girls Enthusiast