What’s the most innovative initiative you’ve worked on?
This is somewhat similar to picking your favorite child, but one initiative I want to talk about is the one where we had an opportunity to really push the boundary of science and technology and help us drive the operational efficiency of the business.
The idea was to build an AI trade solution that would analyze vast amounts of medical records, which are loaded with highly technical clinical terms, and create a summary, which would allow the business staff to go through the medical records in a matter of minutes versus hours.
What are the three things you look for when hiring?
In general, I look for passion, I look for command of fundamentals, and I look for someone who has a knack for problem-solving. As we all know, things do not always go as planned. And every once in a while, we are put in situations where we find ourselves pushed to our limits.
In general, passion also helps us with coming up with more creative ideas and challenging the status quo, which is so important for us to drive the business forward. Learning, as we know, never ends. We're always learning new things, be it about business or technology or in general.
Having a solid command of fundamentals allows one to become an expert in the craft and then that gives them building blocks to continuously evolve and learn more about business and technology in the most efficient and effective way.
Last but not least, is the knack for problem-solving. Now, this is super important. Often, it's so easy to get bogged down in details or be too driven by one's core craft. But if one has an eye on the big picture and the ability to understand what is the real business problem at hand, that allows one to be very effective in generating the maximum business value and, in turn, allowing one to be valuable to the organization as well.
What advice can you share on starting a career?
One piece of advice that I would like to share with someone starting their career is that of having an attitude of being open-minded.
In the majority of cases, one is going to find themselves working as part of a project team, and in order for the project or the initiative to be successful, there has to be collaboration across the group. Moreover, there is so much to be learned from our colleagues, and having that attitude of being open-minded really positions one to be successful in their career. This is also true when it comes to the projects that come your way. Not every single project that comes your way is going to be as exciting as you would like it to be.
But having this flexibility, having this notion of being open-minded, would allow one to be really successful in their career.