Here’s how my story starts. I began teaching myself programming in junior high. As the internet grew I taught myself how to build webpages. I got so good I had a job as a web designer in high school.
I graduated high school and entered college majoring in computer science. I was so excited! Then the dot.com burst hit and honestly I got scared. Would I have a job when I graduated college?
I took an economics course as part of my generals and I fell in love with the field. I switched majors and graduated with a degree in economics, however I remained a computer geek at heart.
I worked for the BLS in New York City after I graduated from college. As our family began to grow we wanted to find a more family friendly place to live. I found a job at CGR in Rochester, NY. I worked with large amounts of data and became good at it. I also programmed a couple of web based products: Govistics and informANALYTICS.
I listen to the EconTalk podcast every week. One week they interviewed Hal Varian, the chief economist for Google. They talked about Big Data and how it was a growing field. I began to think I should begin to position myself to move into that field. After all that is what I was doing but at a much smaller scale.
I have turned the idea over in my mind time and time again and have decided that I am going to do something about it. This is the story of my journey.