JAI recently worked closely with a number of BNY Mellon volunteers to create a Data Analytics workshop that rolled out in three schools across Ireland in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019.
The first workshop took place in April as students from Presentation Secondary School Wexford were introduced by BNY Mellon volunteers to the basics of data analytics and the tools that are used. The class was then invited into BNY Mellon Wexford to partake in a presentation workshop and tour of the office.
Students’ demonstrated knowledge learnt in the classroom by working together and creating a presentation based on data which showed them the most streamed songs on Spotify in 2017.
One group received a chart titled “Most Popular Songs”, from this they were able to present the different popular songs by region and also have interaction during the presentation from their peers by taking an informal poll demonstrating how the “Most popular songs” won’t actually be the same everywhere as all tastes differ. Their ability to read the data and present it in an interactive and accessible way exhibited their understanding and knowledge that was gained from their previous session with volunteers.
Volunteers, teachers, and JAI staff were really impressed with all presentations, as students were able to create and tell a story with very little information or time. Students commented on their warm welcome to BNY Mellon, fantastic staff, and the valuable skills they learnt during their time with the volunteers.
It was also a very successful experience for volunteers, as although some volunteers didn’t specialise in data analytics, they were able to learn something new and connect with young people in their local community. As BNY Mellon Wexford volunteer Aisling Hannon, said “I really enjoyed this event, I hadn’t done anything like this before and it was a good experience to get out of my comfort zone. It was nice to tell young people how I progressed from school to my current position and to receive good feedback from them. It was also quite nostalgic – going back to a school and seeing how they spend their days was a nice reminder of my own school days. It was good to see what has changed in the 6 years since I left. Hopefully this experience broadened their horizons and helped them realised that office work is not all boring.”