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Shaundré Hofstander – Sanlam Data Academy Trainee

What degree did you study at university?

BSc(Hon) Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
University of the Western Cape

What is your role at Sanlam?

Data and Digital Academy Trainee

Can you tell us why you chose this career?

I chose this career, because I enjoy data and the information it holds. I want to learn the different methods to read and explore data

What’s a typical day like in your job?

It entails working with a lot of data and expressing it in such a way that it is easy to digest, mostly through data visualization such as dashboards

What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?

Highlights: learning something new every day and building valuable data-related knowledge and skills

Challenges: finding a balance between work, modules and personal time

How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?

Through research and communication to keep my skills up to date and to ensure I am aware of new and upcoming changes

What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?

Being active, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family

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