• What field do you currently work in?
    Data Science
  • What is the highest degree in astronomy/physics you have received?
    PhD
  • What is/was your most recent academic position in astronomy/physics?
    Student
  • What has been your career path since you completed your degree?
    Data scientist –> Senior Data Scientist
  • What were the most important factors that led you to leave astronomy and/or academia?
    Wasn’t interested in academia
  • What is the job title for your current position?
    senior data scientist
  • What is the name of your company/organization/institution?
    TripAdvisor
  • What city and country do you live in and/or work in?
    Silicon Valley, USA
  • What is your social background? Are there any identifiers that you think are particularly relevant?
    No
  • What’s something you greatly miss about grad school? What about something you definitely don’t miss?
    I miss the people around me, don’t miss the competitiveness
  • What have been particularly valuable skills for your current job that you gained through completing your degree?
    Coding
  • What advice do you think advisors should be giving students regarding their career path?
    List the options and useful skills to learn during school for each
  • What, if any, additional training did you complete in order to meet the qualifications of your current position?
    None
  • What job hunting or networking resources or other advice/resources did you use to land your current position?
    None
  • Describe a typical day at work.
    Coding, meetings, brainstorming, building models, research
  • How many hours do you work in a week?
    40
  • What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
    Very satisfied
  • What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job? Least enjoyable?
    Most – brainstorming, immediate impact. Least – not important or exciting impact
  • How satisfied are you with your work-life balance in your current job?
    Very
  • How family-friendly is your current position?
    Very
  • What advice do you have for achieving work-life balance (including having a family)?
    Make it clear during the interview
  • Do you still interact with people who work (directly) in astronomy and/or are you still involved in astronomy in some way?
    Somewhat