Priyanka Mohekar - Shooting for the Moon and Landing Among the Stars
By Aditi Bhat
She’s an international datathonsemi-finalist who absolutely loves mathematics and is a go-getter by nature! Introducing Priyanka Mohekar, who now plans to have the words “Data Scientist” etched in her visiting card!
Priyanka’s resume describes her as a proactive and fast-learning individual. But as we spoke to her, we realized she’s a powerhouse of versatile strengths that all played together to formulate her success story.
Now that her potential will be honoured by world’s top marketing research company - Nielsen that has recently offered her an incredible job opportunity, Priyanka is definitely over the moon! It’s a dream come true for her. So let’s find out what makes our latest student of the fortnight tick!
Preparing the launch pad
Owing to a proactive attitude towards learning new skills, Priyanka had already tried her hand at big data analytics and Hadoop while she was working with a leading Indian MNC. She said, “I was passionate about data science and wanted to get in-depth knowledge about it.” With her strong mathematical and statistical skills and an idea of the growing scope of data science in future, Priyanka decided to devote her time to learning data science and picking up new data analytics techniques by taking up a full-time class room course.
This was a vital decision for her as it also helped her transition from her role of managing customer relationships to becoming a data scientist.
Priyanka began her search for the right course and institute and came across many online and weekend courses. She was considering a full time course and that’s what led her to Manipal’s data science course.
Setting the trajectory for launch
Data science attracts professionals from diverse fields. Being a vast domain, Priyanka wanted to focus on developing skillsets that would help her bag the role of a big data scientist. “The all-inclusive data science course at Manipal helped me learn the necessary coding languages and techniques like R, Python and Impala etc. which I wasn’t familiar with due to my electronics background”, shared Priyanka.
The final countdown
Priyanka recalled the tense moments after she sat through her interview at Nielsen. She said that the result wasn’t declared immediately and after she came back to her hostel, she got the news of her selection. Needless to say, she was at the top of the world after she heard the news.
Orbiting around success
Priyanka believes playing a data scientist’s role at Nielsen is a solid platform to fuel the greatest of her ambitions. She is eager to learn new technologies in the coming time and utilize them to thrust her career to new heights.
Blazing a trail
Priyanka shared that she had an enriching experience at ProLearn with people from diverse background around her. Some of her best memories are from her hostel days. One moment that’s still vivid in her memory is the day when she played Holi for the first time in her life. She recalled it as one of the happiest moments as she could get over her fear ofcolours and enjoy Holi with her friends.
The true realization of an achievement is seeing your parents happy. Priyanka felt it when she showed the offer letter to her grandfather and his eyes beamed with happiness and pride.
Priyanka’s success story gives an insight on how to chase your dreams with a solid action plan. It also inspires and offers tried and tested ways to succeed. We congratulate Priyanka on her amazing feat and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.