Yuchen “Paul” Zhang
Master’s in Business Analytics ’19
Hometown: Beijing, China
Pre-Daniels Experience: I was an HR intern at Bosch China. I also received my Master’s in Human Resource Management at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Hobbies: Sports, watching movies and cooking.
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What advice do you have for prospective students?
- Don’t be shy in asking for help.
- Concentrate on studying when you’re at school and enjoy life when you’re out of school.
- Make full use of the TA/GA hours and Daniels Career Services.
What were you looking for in a business school?
To me, a business school is a platform for networking and acquiring professional skills and business insights. I chose to study business analytics because it’s a crucial tool in helping organizations leverage their data and make better decisions. With my HR background, I can use analytics to make HR systems more efficient and less costly.
Why did you choose Daniels for your graduate business degree?
I chose Daniels for three reasons: helpful career support, small class settings and the individual capstone project for the Master’s in Business Analytics program. At Daniels, I’m able to connect with not only alumni but also organizations in many different industries. The career coaches are very knowledgeable and tailor their services based on my career goals. I’m able to receive relevant industry information, assistance in preparing for job interviews and opportunities to build connections. I also like the small class sizes at Daniels because it allows more interaction between the professor and students.
Is there a particular experience at Daniels that really stands out?
Participating in the Denver Broncos Datathon was a great experience for me. In teams, we analyzed NFL game data and provided insights and recommendations for the Denver Broncos in a special case competition. In the final round, our team had the chance to present our findings in the Mile High Stadium in front of the players and coaches. As a big sports fun, I feel like such experience is super cool because I can see how data analytics make things different in sports area.
How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?
In my time at Daniels, I’ve had many opportunities to practice leadership through a variety of case competitions. For example, in the Inclusive Excellence Case Competition, I had the chance to work with three group members to solve a real business problem.
How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?
Daniels gives students access to the most advanced, relevant analytic tools in the classroom. I’ve gained many useful and practical analytic skills that I can implement in a real business setting. For example, we prepare and clean the data, build and evaluate models, and select the best model to visualize and interpret the results. We also learn how to harness different programming languages and software systems that are commonly used in data analytics, such as Python, R, SPSS and PowerBI.