Graduate Profile: Anand Solanki
Studying psychology means you have a deeper understanding of the human experience which will put you in a good position to better understand people in the workplace and the issues that affect them.
Anand works as a Data Analyst.
How did you get your job?
I work for GamCare- a charity that helps individuals affected by problem gambling in the UK, and I have been in this role for about 6 months. I found the advertisement on Charityjob.com and applied from there. My job entails providing insights from our database that could help improve patient outcomes and charity operations. To achieve this I carry out statistical analysis and report on my findings to key stakeholders and members of the public. This role has given me an insight into how psychological knowledge and data analysis skills can be used to change the lives of others. As a result, I hope to explore future opportunities to undertake research with clinical groups, or perhaps clinical psychology in general.
What have been your challenges?
Learning new skills such as R and Python has been a challenge but something I have enjoyed.
In what way is your university education relevant to this role?
Studying psychology means you have a deeper understanding of the human experience which will put you in a good position to better understand people in the workplace and the issues that affect them, and there are a number of research areas (such as psychometric assessments, motivation and culture) which are directly relevant to some projects. Additionally, your dissertation provides important experience of writing up research findings in a concise and simple manner, utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods and drawing conclusions.
What advice can you give to others wishing to enter this field?
The advice I would give to others wishing to enter my or any area of the job market for that matter is to maintain your willingness to learn new skills throughout your career.