Interesting Data Gigs # 13: Data Scientist at VISA
A very rare opportunity to thrive in a truly global organization
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Hello Data people.
Today, I’m very happy because I have the privilege to write about one of my favorite businesses of all time: VISA.
But, I’m even more excited because thanks to an incredible member of my network of contacts, I have access to the actual team hiring for the role I’m writing about today: Data Scientist at VISA.
For all that: a massive shout-out to Celinda Farías Appleby, who is a Director of Global Talent Attraction at VISA, a proud Latina, and a big advocate of developing talent.
Celinda was a key player in the work with this article because she was the one who asked several Data Scientists inside the company to answer some of my questions to put here.
So, thank you again Celinda from the bottom of my heart.
Let’s talk about some interesting facts about VISA
I don’t want to dig deeper into VISA, because there are so many resources out there to do this.
I will share here some of my favorite ones:
How VISA makes money, Investopedia
Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Results (highly recommended as well)
And of course, we can’t talk about VISA and let this out:
As you can see, VISA is a big conglomerate, but they are trying to keep the pace of fintech these days, and they are looking for brilliant people to build the fintech infrastructure of the future:
Let’s talk about some interesting facts about the VISA Consulting and Analytics team
This particular team is very, very interesting, and if you visit its dedicated website, you will find something like this:
I truly believe that as a Data Scientist you will thrive inside this team. Why?
You will have access to one of the biggest payment networks in the world
Massive data to interact with = massive opportunities you could unlock here
Your work will have a direct impact on the VISA’s business and its partners’ businesses as well
My top recommendation here? Download some of the best whitepapers written by this team, and understand how they work, what matters to them, and more.
Here are some of my favorite ones:
Some Q&A from the team
As I shared before, Celinda and the team at VISA shared some incredible insights about the dynamics of the team.
I will share their answers to some of the questions I made them.
What is it like to be a Data Analytics inside the Visa Consulting and Analytics team at VISA?
What is the favorite thing you love to be part of this team?
What drives you every single day to work at VISA?
Can you share some details about the data tech stack at VISA?
Why is this role needed now, and what are you looking for in potential candidates?
Some amazing insights here. Great communication skills + passion could help you to get this incredible role at VISA.
Let’s talk about the position
You can find the position here. Let’s dissect it piece by piece
You can understand from these numbers here that you will work with massive waves of data at VISA.
You will be challenged here but in a good way. You will be challenged to reach your full potential as a Data Scientist.
It’s time for the ideas now to stand out in your job application here.
Let’s discuss two ideas on how to approach this job application (THE REAL MEAT)
Idea # 1: Participate in a Kaggle competition and share your notebook with the world (Bonus points if it’s related to payments)
It’s very simple: from my perspective, this is the best definition of “Building in public“ for a Data Scientist.
Being active at Kaggle could bring you a lot of visibility, and if your work is good; it will be recognized by the incredible group of experts inside the platform.
Idea # 2: Reach out to the team, especially Celinda and Sophie
They will be more than excited to answer your questions about it.
BTW, take notes from this post from Celinda:
Good luck with your application, buddy.
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