Paul Laughlin, MD of Laughlin Consultancy, delivered the keynote workshop for data scientist students at Data Talent Scotland on 16 March.

Sponsored by MBN Solutions, with Data Lab & We Are the Future, the Data Talent Scotland event was a first of its kind ‘collider event’. That’s an opportunity for students, academics, industry experts & Scottish businesses to come together.

Over 400 attended, including students, ‘data enthusiasts’ (already pursuing data careers), academics, employers & other agencies.

The idea is to encourage a community of those interested in data science.

It’s about providing useful content & sufficient time for conversation. Both goals were achieved with a real buzz, enthusiasm & engagement between the worlds of academia & commerce.

Informal feedback confirmed that this event helped students & recruiting managers understand each other better & both benefit from the experience.

People were actively tweeting during the day (with a bottle of fine scotch to be won), so you can follow feedback there, using the hashtag #DTS16.

The event included:

  • 200+ students in Data Science courses from around Scotland
  • 11 universities representing 15 Data science courses
  • 50 employers based in Scotland
  • 100+ general admission for those interested in a career in data
  • 2 classes of school children from Scotland (to engage the talent pipeline earlier)
  • Exhibition stands from industry and academia
  • Keynotes and panel discussions from industry and academic leaders
  • Workshops focused on those other skills analysts need & employment

At his workshop, Paul shared with data science students the ‘softer skills‘ they need to develop to succeed in business. Providing an overview of lessons learnt over 13 years of creating & leading Analytics teams within FS firms. Why did some data scientists flourish & others stalled in their careers? What was the difference in those analysts who made a real difference and saw their insights acted upon? How can tomorrow’s data scientists set themselves up for success & impact in the commercial world.

Copies of his slides from this workshop are available on SlideShare for download:
Softer Skills workshop for #DTS16 event in Edinburgh