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Former Senior Workforce Analyst, NBCUniversal
Learning the Language
When Kuziemski’s family moved to the United States from Poland when he was 9, he didn’t speak any English, so he gravitated to computers. Now he gets to play with computers at work.
Kuziemski got his master’s degree in human resources from Rutgers University. Although he doesn’t have a data science degree, “I have a talent for reading data. I have a curious mind,” he says.
Kuziemski landed his first job in HR through networking and didn’t think he’d make his career in the field. That changed after he was assigned to a project on employee engagement. He turned the data set into pictures and visualized the information in a way that proved useful to company leaders. Because it was a small company, “I had my hands in everything,” he says.
In 2014, he went to work for
NBCUniversal. Kuziemski left in December 2015 to join another media and technology company. At NBCUniversal, he loved the challenge of working in a complex business with different types of employees from the television, news, sports and film industries.
One of Kuziemski’s first projects at NBCUniversal involved looking at HR processes for onboarding new hires. Kuziemski’s research showed that in order to have paychecks issued on schedule, computers and phones ready, and other pieces in place, the preparation needed to begin six business days in advance of an employee’s first workday. That is now the timeline HR follows.
The statistics and other master’s courses Kuziemski took are useful, but so is his undergraduate degree in political science. That’s because data analysis must be communicated to stakeholders in an impactful—and diplomatic—fashion.
“In my head, I have my story. But then I want to meet with the leaders of that business to humanize it and ask them about their hurdles, what’s their culture like,” he explains.
In addition, the industrial design courses Kuziemski took as an undergraduate have helped him in visualizing data. With more and more data available every day, he’s considering pursuing another graduate degree in science.
“People are afraid of data,” he says. “They want it simplified. If you can communicate the findings about whatever the data story is, it’s very powerful.”
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