Meet Célia, Start IT participant at Roche
Hi, my name is…
Hello! My name is Célia. I come from Bordeaux in France. I am passionate about Data Analytics related to the healthcare area, and convinced that data science can be of decisive support in decision making process.
I studied in the French engineering school Supélec, and also hold a Master degree from EPFL in Information Technologies. I got the chance to write my Master Thesis at Sony, in Stuttgart, on a text mining related topic.
Currently, I am part of the Start IT Graduate Program. This experience is a great opportunity to have a good understanding of Roche IT global processes and gain concrete practice with various projects.
My typical day at work is…
I am working as a data analyst and taking part at different prototypes for new decision support tools.
I am mostly programming in R, taking advantage of nice visualisation capabilities like Shiny. In our team, we use diverse statistics and machine learning techniques to get better insights into our data. Every day, I learn something new: new modelling techniques, new programming tricks, but also deeper understanding of medical data, healthcare global systems and upcoming challenges.
I also got the opportunity to participate to various trainings, workshops, as well as to organise two conferences on data science related topics.
As Start IT participants, we have the chance to get specific trainings and peer-coaching sessions, which enable to reflect on our learning experience. This is great and I really enjoy learning from each other.
In brief, there is no such thing as a typical day, and this makes the work even more exciting.
The location I am working at is…
Basel headquarters. More precisely, we are based with my current team in a “start-up” like cozy building just next to the main tower. This is a very international environment: people come from diverse backgrounds, various areas and different countries. Before this rotation, I was based in fresh new buildings in Kaiseraugst, reachable from Basel with a 30 min train.
My work helps Roche to …
… make sense out of data, and transform them into actionable information. More precisely, in my team, we help develop decision support software products to improve patient care.
Roche as an employer is…
A great place to grow. There are numerous learning opportunities, of course through trainings, but also through various projects and above all while discussing with people. The culture is really open here, and this is what I enjoy the most. Being able to have a global vision of the whole process while talking to scientists, project managers, developers… and thus understanding better the whole flow.
What's the best advice you ever received in your career, and whom did you get it from?
To treat the others the way you want to be treated. This might sound simple but I think this is fundamental, and good to always keep it in mind. I got this advice from several colleagues. To me, this is what makes the culture here strong and persistent.
How would you describe working at Roche in three words?
Meaningful, exciting, and multicultural.