With a PhD and background in medical research, Phillip Daniels joined SHIFT to add deeper data science skills to his medical research knowledge. His placement at Pacific Edge Ltd (a cancer diagnostic company) working alongside the BioInformatics team has enabled him to use and extend his newly acquired data wrangling skills.
Joining Phillip at Pacific Edge Ltd, in the Marketing team is SHIFT student Olivia Nicholson, who has been working on appropriate channels for user feedback. Nick Harbidge, also a marketing graduate has been working closely with Canterbury Cricket on their website migration and digital communications strategies.
Julia Pye has been on placement with MMS, who are developing an app based on findings from the famous Dunedin Study, to deliver games for preschoolers aged three to five years, to develop self-regulation skills, which has been proven to contribute to greater to success in later life.
Janet Podham has been working alongside the data science team at appointment scheduling platform Timely, fine-tuning reporting strategies for internal and external clients. Project co-ordination and client services management has been keeping Jess Wren busy at the Datacom Dunedin office, and Jeremy Quinn has been adding the finishing usability studies and creative touches to the Otago Museum wayfinding app, before he releases it for public use.
All host organisations report that their SHIFT placement experience has been extremely positive. Their student has reached and exceeded their project goals to date, and their previous experiences combined with SHIFT have set them up well to work within the tech sector.
Congratulations to all, and a massive thanks to the host organisations. This industry experience is invaluable to the success of the programme, and we could not do it without you!