Short Intro. Hi I am Dzmitry. I like puzzles and taking things apart. I am also quite attracted to big data and cool UI designs.
Where Have I Been? CUNY Brooklyn College - BA Political Science; Writing tutor at CUNY BC Learning Center; Tennis Coach Assistant at NYJTL; High School Tennis Team Captain D1.
Where Am I Now? I am an intern with the NYC DoT doing quality assurance testing and open data management; Apprentice at COOP to learn about marketing and the connections between data collection and its utilization for commercial purposes, especially interested in Google Analytics and its impact on how advertising is delivered to the consumers;
Where Am I Going? My short term goals are to solidify my grasp on what I like to do as far as a career goal is, learn a diverse set of skills for digital marketing and see which one best describes what I enjoy about the analytical aspect of working in new environments or with new platforms of content delivery and exchange; 10 years from now I see myself having a career that I am proud of, something that makes me excited to get out of bed every morning, challenged on a daily basis as well as inspired to continue learning more new things that I can apply to better myself; there is also a dog in there somewhere, and subsequently a yard for it to run around.
- I can adapt to a fast paced and rapidly changing environments with ease.
- I can learn any software tool.
- I can describe and relay complex information to others, may it be usability of a product or a procedure.
1 Learning Target
I can easily communicate with new people in the room without having bouts of anxiety.
2 Companies I really admire and Why
The all grown up Google, from Lego bricks for computer cases to quantum computing, machine learning and prolonging human life - this company has grown alongside the internet and is leading the charge on many fronts of the digital evolution.
Blizzard Entertainment is a company I admire due to the combination of its massive success as a company started by a few guys that had to max out their credit cards at times to stay afloat in its early days, to the polish as well as scale of the products they deliver to millions of users.
Let me tell you about ...
I was selected as the Tennis team captain for my highschool team. I was not the best player. I was not a good team leader. I had difficulties making friends. I was far from a popular kid. I volunteered for it as it was not prestigious in our school and no one wanted to deal with the meetings they would have to go to.
Being in Division 1 it was expected of us to perform well as a team and hold our own against schools with quite talented players all over NYC. The coach took the gig as a thing to do while the swimming season was off, he was able to hit the ball and knew the rules.
The first few games we lost every game, short of the matches our star player partook in. He is incredibly talented and at the same time exceptionally cocky and full of himself, having no desire to deal with the rest of the team. With no support from the coach in regards to actual coaching and the majority of the team having only some basic classes (we were Not supposed to be in D1 by a long shot) I took it into my hands to organize drills and reshuffle the team to create better teams for double to increase our chances of winning. Having been raised with the hopes of becoming a decent player as a way to emigrate to the US I had knowledge of how coaches train star players. I applied those drills to our team.
We lost most of the matches, making the playoffs by default as there needed to be an even number of teams and were completely destroyed in the first round. But I made new friends and encouraged them to play despite knowingly going up against much more skilled individuals who would go as far as belittling and insulting my team for their mistakes and bad plays. We had fun. We were a team.
It was important for me to to break out of my shell and share my experience with a group of strangers. I have never done such a thing but it has shown me that it is much easier than one thinks. And as a result I became much more open and sociable as an individual, though still struggling to socialize with complete strangers. I made new friends that I still keep in touch with. I realised the power of a leader with a passion for what they are doing as someone who can inspire and organize even a completely discouraged group.