As an outdoor lover, Sheffield is a perfect place to live and study

Na Li
Na (Lina) Li, China
Project Manager & Business Analyst, Apple.
Na (Lina) Li graduated from MSc Data Science in 2019 and currently works as a Project Manager & Business Analyst at Apple.

What are your main responsibilities in your current role?

  • Collect and analyse users' requirements related to the supply chain, start and manage projects based on result of analysis.
  • Build model to fulfil users' requirements to optimizer material or capacity allocation.
  •  Develop ETL tools to clean and unify SCM data for easier data analysis.

Please outline your career history: how did you get to where you are today?

  • Business Analyst & Project Manager (Haier overseas IT department) June 2016 – Apr 2018
  • SAP Logistic Consultant and Team Leader (Freelancer) Jul 2014 – May 2016
  • SAP Logistic and Master Data Consultant Jul 2011 – Jun 2014

Why did you want to come to the University of Sheffield to study your chosen degree?

First of all, the teaching quality at Sheffield University is good, especially at the Information School. It ranks high in QS world university rankings. Also, it is a very diverse place with people from all different countries, and therefore there are all kinds of restaurants. What's more, it is a place where you can so easily access nature as the Peak District is just nearby.

What were your favourite things about or best memories of the University of Sheffield?

I've appreciated the support system of University. If there was any question about study or life, I could always find people or organizations to support me, which made my study and life much easier. And I really enjoyed working as a student ambassador for the Information School, which made me have opportunities to work with staff and communicate with students from other countries and subject. Also there were lots of opportunities for volunteering work, so I could contribute my time for the things I care about and make a change. What's more, as an outdoor lover, Sheffield is a perfect place because it is so easier to access Peak District National Park. I never get enough hiking trips in Peak District.

Please explain how has your qualification and/or time at Sheffield helped you in your career?

My time at Sheffield University left me more open-minded and developed my ability to work with a very diversified team, which made me application for a job at an international company easier. The most important thing is that Sheffield experience allowed me to try new things, like work for a LGBTQ charity as a volunteer, make friends from all round the world, which broadened my perspectives. Let me realize that life is full of possibilities and there are lots of ways to live a more passionate and meaningful life.

What has been your greatest achievement to date?

Live the life I like. Have a relatively good job, have a very diversified friends group, have enough time travel and do adventurous sports, make efforts to improve gender equality and protect environment. I am so happy, confident and optimistic for the things I am doing.

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