Data Scientist Laura-Luisa Velikonja
“As a data scientist, I can realize my full potential.”
RESILIENCE AND WILL
Juggling large amounts of data is a highly complex and demanding task and it quickly made her aware of the value of her extensive analytical training. And it is not the only career-relevant skill Laura-Luisa Velikonja gained at TUM. She remembers: “The grades awarded in the Bachelor’s program were often depressing. Very good grades were rarely given and many students could not cope with this. They dropped out of their studies. For me, the opposite was the case, it strengthened my resilience, my persistence and my willpower”.
KNOW-HOW AND VERSATILITY
Meanwhile Laura-Luisa Velikonja manages projects and delegates a lot to her development team. Her marketing experience, her talent for languages and her great social skills build a further basis for this. Her area is very diverse. “Data science does not just consist of programming. One has a lot to do with other people, communicates, is creative and drives projects forward. And that is exactly what is so much fun about it,” she explains.
ROLE MODEL AND MENTOR
Her skills and the belief in herself and her abilities have already taken Laura-Luisa Velikonja far. She has become a role model in the field, talking at events and in interviews about her job, her tasks and how much fun data is. And she supports young TUM students on career matters as a mentor.
Bachelor Mathematics 2012, Master 2014
Laura-Luisa Velikonja studied Mathematics (Bachelor and Master) at TUM. She wrote her master thesis at the logistics consultancy 4flow and then started as a Consultant Data Science at the management consultancy Alexander Thamm.
After participating in the Telefónica Datathon (a hackathon for Data Scientists and developer), she joined Telefónica Germany in 2016 in the area of Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence. In her current position as Senior Data Scientist, she supports in-house departments in making better decisions even faster. As product owner she is also responsible for data science use cases, for example to detect process errors at an early stage.
In addition to her enthusiasm for data, Laura-Luisa Velikonja is very keen to promote gender diversity, which is why she founded the internal TelefónicaConnects community with a colleague in 2019. In her spare time, Laura-Luisa Velikonja likes to meet new people at meetups and events and enjoys yoga and Zumba.
At the Women of TUM Talks on the 8th of October 2019 in Munich, the passionate Data Scientist talked about her profession and discussed the role of women in the digitized work life.