The journey of Kevin, from being barely literate on data analytics to pursuing a career on it, shows that anyone is capable of grasping data analytics, regardless of how insignificant one’s background knowledge is. Just like him, joining ADSE can surely expand this knowledge and prepare oneself for a bright career and future ahead!
During my time in the ASEAN Foundation, I learned to create written contents for various purposes, how to work together with different kinds of people, the inner-workings of a non-profit organisation, and more about ASEAN itself; things I couldn’t get from my classes alone. I also got to meet great people who I not only worked alongside with, but also got to share good laughs and conversations with.
Exploring new things means delving into a distinct area you have never been exposed to, where everything is quite different and you steadily try to pick up new skills. This is what Vida Manuela Cornelius did when she first participated as Team Omotesando with Febe Rahellea in the ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2017.
Before participating in ADSE 2017, Febe Rahellea was not familiar with data analytics at all. She was a student at Universitas Indonesia majoring in Accounting, with no background on data science and no prior experience in exploring data analytics software. But when Febe and her partner decided to join ADSE 2017 as Team Omotesando, she started to learn and understand about data science and data analytics software from her first encounter with SAP.
The Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), the Philippines, headed by their President, Dr Feliciana P. Jacoba was recognised as a partner institution of the ASEAN Foundation in the ASEAN Data Science Explorer and supporting institutes of higher learning. Since last month, the university conducts a series of ASEAN Data Science Explorer enablement sessions for trainers, faculty and students.
What does it mean to be ASEAN change-makers?
Let me answer this question by sharing my personal encounter with them during my monitoring trip for the eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN (EYAA) programme in Battambang Province, Cambodia.
This is what happened with Siriphone Siriphongphanh, a Laotian student who is majoring in Accounting at National University of Laos and Business Administration at Lao-American College, when she decided to take part in the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting ( AFMAM ) 2018.
“Doesn’t matter if we did not win this competition. What matters is that we have made people aware of this problem and sooner or later people will move together to solve it. – Team Dok Champa (Alouny Senduangdeth and Chanthakone Rattanavong)
Meet Alouny Senduangdeth, a member of team Dok Champa from Lao DPR. Together with her team mate, Chanthakone Rattanavong, she joined the ASEAN Data Science Explorer 2018 and became one of the 10 regional finalists in the competition. Being an economics student, Alouny admitted that she had no idea what data analytics is when she signed up. However, when she found out that data analytics can be harnessed to provide data-driven solutions to create a better society, she made a decision to join the competition then and there.
For Ah Khee Chel, the ASEAN Youth Video Contest was the highlight of his 2018 as the contest gave the much-needed exposure and opportunity for him to improve his skills in video making.