Meet Sammi Yeung.

Data Analyst Intern, RBC

Markham, ON

What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

In high school, my mom came home one day and told me about the data conference she attended, saying that "Big Data is the future." At the time, I was unsure what "big data" meant but took my university's first-year Information Systems course to learn more. I really appreciated how the parts of data connected together and the purpose of data in informing decisions.

How did you come to be in this position?

In first-year, I happened to learn about the importance of hackathons, so I attended UofT Hacks, at which RBC was a sponsor. I happened to catch the recruiter's eye with my story about training for dance competitions, and the recruiter helped show my resume to the right hiring managers, so in the summer of first-year, I worked for RBC as a Business Analyst under the Technology division. Later, during the second half of second-year when I applied for the Data Analyst (8 month) role, I believe that they chose me to interview because of my prior experience at RBC, my performance reviews, and the (little) knowledge of coding I had attained from coursework.

What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

The best type of networking is when both parties are friends and/or mentor/mentee. By surrounding yourself with people who are smarter and/or more experienced than you, you receive a natural source of inspiration to grow and improve yourself. You are the sum of your 5 closest friends, so if you want to change your trajectory, try surrounding yourself with more new friends :)

I am a generalist with an interest in many fields, such as growth, design, product, and software. Feel free to reach out about anything at anytime :) I am also a hobbyist and love to dance, swim, play basketball, draw/paint, play aquatic sports, and try new things!

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