Ashleigh works in Aurizon Network as a Senior Asset Performance Analyst and has worked across industries specialising in Analytics and leveraging data science solutions for the past 8 years. Prior to working with Aurizon, Ashleigh worked at CQUniversity in their IT and Business Intelligence teams in Student Learning Analytics. She has worked on multiple data science projects, from Predicting the likelihood of student success (passing their university units) to designing a statistical model to predict customer behaviour in the logistics industry. While studying straight Maths and Sciences in High school Ashleigh’s pathway to a STEM career wasn’t straight forward. She has worked across a number of industries and roles and initially completed a Bachelor of Public Relations, majoring in Marketing. Ashleigh finally found her passion in analytics, specifically statistics, while working at CQU and is now completing a Masters in Data Science with dreams to complete her PhD. Having been in Mackay long enough now to be called a local, she is passionate about supporting the next generation of Mackay and Whitsunday Region's based students, especially women, into STEM based careers.
Career Pathway Bachelor of Public Relations (Marketing) – CQUniversity
Payroll administrator – Early Education Services
Administrator working with Community Funded Organisation Programs – Department of Human Services
Advisor – Academic Pathways (assessing prior studies and work experience into Higher Education courses) CQUniversity
Graduate Certificate in Information Systems – CQUniversity Learning Analytics in Higher Education – Charles III University Madrid
Learning and Teaching Analyst – implementation of analytics projects – CQU
Business Analyst – learning analytics projects – CQU
Masters in Data Science
Snr Data Analyst – Learning Analytics projects and data science projects CQU
Snr Logistics Planning Analyst – Aurizon Coal
Snr Asset Performance Analyst – Aurizon Network
Additional Training: Micro Certifications in the following:
R programming – basics, statistics, visualisation and data science
PowerBI development and Visualisation Design Microsoft
Data Science certifications from Microsoft, HavardX and IBM
Ethics and Law in Data Analytics
Prince2 Agile Project Management Practitioner
Career note from Ashleigh: These certifications have been essential to diversification of my skills set to work in different roles and across technical and non-technical teams, such as: Data Engineer, PBI Developer, Analytics, Data Scientist, and doing statistical analysis. It has provided the building blocks in between career and role changes to take on Senior positions.
Data Science is a constantly evolving field and if you are curious, love continually learning new things, tools to work with, ways to approach problems in the business, it’s a perfect field to jump into.