“What do you do for a living?” is often the first question I ask people I meet. For a good reason. What you do for a living often strongly correlates with how you think and how you approach problems. Not so long ago, a dog bit me. Fortunately, nothing bad happened, just a small bite wound and a big bruise. As I told friends and family about the incident, I got different reactions, and they matched quite well with their professions:
I was just thinking about this last night because I’ve found I take an engineering mindset for everything I do. It’s not great for raising kids 🤣
As a computer scientist with a bias towards seeing algorithms everywhere (which is not necessarily a god thing) this resonated with me a lot.
If you are a data scientist, what do you answer to the question of “What do you do for a living”? I found it complicated as people get bored or dissapointed as I talk about data or statistics. Any tips to sound interesting?