Marketing Analyst, Luggage.co.nz, Tauranga
Master of Analytics
Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences in Analytics
He has always enjoyed maths, says Jamie Allan who studied a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences as well as a Master of Analytics.
“In my final years of high school, I really enjoyed maths so when I was looking through the degrees on offer, the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences jumped right out. My koro and aunty were both maths teachers, so I also knew I’d have extra help if I needed it.
“My partner was heading up from Rotorua to Auckland to do a graphic design degree at AUT, so I thought I would tag along and do a degree in something I enjoyed. I’m glad I made that decision.”
Taking his skills further
Deciding to continue into postgraduate study was easy, says Jamie.
“In the final year of my bachelor’s degree I was in discussions with my lecturers about the Master of Analytics. I had taken all the pre-requisite papers to prepare myself for the master’s degree, so I decided to go for it.”
Postgraduate study had some challenges, he admits.
“Financially supporting myself was by far the most difficult part of postgraduate study. Because of the workload, it was difficult to have a part-time job. Fortunately, AUT offered me a teaching assistant position. I appreciated the full support from my lecturers, both in and out of class. I always felt that I could reach out to someone.”
Valuable industry experience
The industry project was what he enjoyed most about the Master of Analytics, the AUT alumnus says.
“For my industry project, I worked with the data science team at the Warehouse Group to help better allocate their marketing spend using mathematical models. I was lucky enough to work with both marketing and data science professionals, allowing me to get an understanding of both worlds.”
This experience has prepared him well for his current role, says Jamie.
“I’m now employed as a marketing analyst at Luggage.co.nz where I’m able to apply my database and mathematical skills, as well as the marketing skills I developed thanks to my Master of Analytics industry project.”