If you were to ask me:
Alexander, could you please explain in one word, what do you want to be doing for work? My response would be short and simple: Analysis. Data analytics, data science and research. I like digging into data and make sense of it.
What industry? I am not sure. Ideally, something that involves autonomous vehicles and AI. Why? I believe this is a future, and also because I have experience working in this sphere.
What is it exactly that you want to be doing as an analyst? That’s a good question. I am not sure. To answer this question, first I need to understand why do people hire analysts. It doesn’t matter what we analyze, we do so to understand what they mean to us. Why? To make decisions.
Going back to your question: I want to be the person, or a company, that helps others to make better decisions. I will use analytics tools, my business knowledge and unique experience with self-driving technology to CONSULT other people and companies. This is it – a Consulting Company. More specific … Autonomous vehicle technology consulting company (agency). Terabytes of data are being recorded and stored daily, throughout autonomous vehicle development. Of course, there are systems in place that would analyze it and present the summary in “user-friendly” reports. However, it is extremely time-consuming and a lot of it is being lost or missed. What if companies that develop autonomy were to outsource some of their data analysis processes? This way, they would be able to dedicate more focus on the developmental side of things. Of course, there are companies that already do it. For example labelling and tagging for map building. I am not reinventing the wheel, I explore the ways to apply my mind. My company would be the “third party” that will process and make sense out of data received. What kind of data? I am not ready to answer this question yet. Raw data. We can also work as a “triage agent”, who processes different metrics and outputs PASS or FAIL report. Just one of the avenues of development, one of the services. Most, if not all the companies are already doing such a “triage” type of job on their own, so they might not need extra help. However, I am sure that there are things they struggle to process and analyze. I am not sure what they are, but I know there are needs that my company can fulfill.
My ultimate goal is to build something of my own. I am an entrepreneur in my core and I look at every potential job, as at the classroom where I learn and grow.
Easy is Boring
If the job I do start feeling too easy, I’ll start struggling. If nothing will change and I won’t find a way to make it challenging and interesting – I leave. The job I would like to have will be in the company that is very well-known and respectable. Respectable for what they do and how they do it. The high-quality job – étalon in the industry. I want to be inspired to build something similar or better. I want to be inspired by its story and look up to the founders as role models.
I have no time to waste on easy things.
Show me the tallest mountain and I’ll climb it.
CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. Operating in hundreds of locations across the globe, CGI does strategic IT and business consulting, systems integration, intellectual property and managed IT and business process services.
Another example is Sigma Data Systems. Here is what they do:
Sigma collects data, transform it for analysis, runs analytical algorithms, and prepare visualizations to return the critical findings.
I love it. Collect data and make sense out of it. That’s me.
What about the autonomous vehicle industry?
Surprisingly there are not too many companies that provide such consulting services. My google search showed 5-6… definitely under 10. The one that stood out was McKinsey. This is what they have on their website:
McKinsey Center for Future Mobility: We help leaders across all sectors relevant to the autonomous-driving ecosystem develop a deeper understanding of the disruptions and opportunities ahead.
No need to continue. Less thinking, more doing. I’ve got the direction to move towards. I know what I want and I am confident in my decision.