Transferable Skills

Empathy as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

Empathy is important in almost every job that I know of. Empathy allows me to relate to coworkers who may be struggling or may not meet a deadline due to a personal issue.


Communication as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

Communication is essential to what I do. The work I do can be quite technical, in terms of programming, but also in terms of the science involved. It is essential that I communicate this work differently to different people, i.e my manager, the sales and marketing teams, the laboratory directors or the clinical and patient advocacy teams. All of these groups have different priorities and expertise, but it is critical that all of them understand the work I am doing.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Basic writing and editing
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presenting research to scientists
  • Presenting to nonscientists
  • Speaking clearly and effectively
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Written communication skills

Teamwork as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

We are currently working on a project that is high priority and there are ~20 of us working on different pieces of the project. It is critical that I know if something upstream or downstream of me changes so I can understand how it affects my work or those who rely on my work. We communicate in lots of different ways, including recurring meetings, one-off meetings and slack messaging.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Providing constructive feedback

How else do you use this transferable skill?
Work with stakeholders with different expertise and priorities

Managing Up/Down as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

My manage is very senior in the company and sometimes loses track of everything I am working on. My manager can and wants to support me, but it is up to me to communicate the support I need.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to manage others
  • Seeking advice from advisors and mentors
  • Training and mentoring individuals

Project Management as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Delegating responsibilities
  • Managing data and resources
  • Time management

Interpreting Information as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to analyze data
  • Ability to gather and interpret information
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Critical evaluation of scientific literature
  • Deep knowledge of specific research area
  • Interpretation of data
  • Technical skills related to my specific research area

Motivation as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.


Understanding the Scientific Enterprise as a Computational Scientist in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Broad-based knowledge of science
  • Contributing to discipline
  • Experimental design
  • Statistical analysis
  • Understanding of data ownership/sharing issues

Empathy as a Director, Bioinformatics and Data Science in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?
Listen to people's needs and adjust management style around their needs/style.

Communication as a Director, Bioinformatics and Data Science in Data Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The only way to execute on a large project is team work; teamwork does not work without communication.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Oral communication skills
  • Speaking clearly and effectively
  • Written communication skills

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