Remote work is on the rise and we aim to provide you with the best tips and tricks on how to navigate through the ‘digital nomad’ world. Steven, our remote Data Analyst, has been with the In Marketing We Trust family for 8 months. He is working with large data-sets from some of the biggest internet companies. Steven sat down with me (virtually, of course) to provide us with more insight into what it means to work as a remote Data Analyst at IMWT.
We acknowledge the hardships that may come along with it so we made sure to include some of the main challenges that our newbies have experienced and overcome along the way.
It’s commonly known that the beginning is the hardest. What was the hardest thing for you to overcome when starting at In Marketing We Trust?
Getting up to date with what is going on. Things often move really fast at IMWT, especially when you’re trying to figure out what’s going on.
What was your first remote job?
Actually this is my first proper remote job. And it’s going great 🙂
What motivated you to pursue a remote job?
I have worked in an office for many years, really big offices with up to 4000 people in them! My personal goal was to move away from the desk to allow me a better work/life balance. This goal led me to look for remote data analyst positions. However, England is old-thinking when it comes to remote working and it was not easy finding a role to find that balance.
What are your best tips on working remotely?
Try to get into a routine (the beauty of it being remote is that your work routine can be anytime, on any day). It can also get lonely so try to keep involved in the social side.
There are still a lot of misconceptions around working remotely (eg. Remote workers are less productive, more lonely, etc.). Which do you think are the most common? Did you have any before starting working remotely?
There is yes, but I have a little advantage as I had been working on my own (even in an office) in my past couple of roles. The big difference for me was the social side of it. Even though my work siloed, I still sat in a big open office with hundreds of other people.
How do you sustain a healthy work-life balance?
I make sure I allocate certain times for work, as it is easy to get caught up and lose track of time. Working remotely allows me to pick and choose times that suit me, and lets me be flexible to pursue my other interests.
What is your biggest tip on working remotely as a Data Analyst?
Working with data remotely or not, my tip is to not get stuck using one program or process. Look to use the best solution for your situation. If for example, you need more power than your laptop has maybe look to rent a server for the time you need it, rather than buying a bigger laptop.
What is the best thing that you’ve learned so far at In Marketing We Trust?
I have learned many things in my short time working for IMWT, from learning new programming languages to setting up software in the cloud, I also had a chance to take on more of a developer role which was something I have been wanting to do for a while. I have also learned to communicate better online as normally interaction was face-to-face in the office.
Want to work remotely for In Marketing We Trust? Check out our current vacancies here.