Tia Mark's first job out of college after graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Statistics in 2015 was for a consulting company, Mu Sigma, where she lived in India for six months and was able to travel all over Asia. Currently, Tia is a Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Walgreens headquartered in Deerfield, IL. Her daily responsibilities include producing and enhancing a weekly/daily forecast that provides Distribution Centers, Transportation, and Inventory Management visibility on the inbound/outbound volume in each of our 15 distribution centers. An integral part of Tia's role is communicating future risks to key stakeholders and promoting cross collaboration to ensure facilities are operating within capacity.
What is your favorite part about your current occupation/position? How did you get to where you are now?
My favorite part about my position is having the ability to network with so many different stakeholders in the business. Since my team produces the weekly/daily forecasts, we require input from all Supply Chain business units to make sure there isn't a new initiative we're not capturing or volume that isn't being picked up in the data so I really enjoy being able to work with all of the different groups within Supply Chain. It's a great networking opportunity in case I ever want to work in a different area.
What aspects of your education as a statistics student have been most beneficial to your career?
I utilize SAS everyday to run the forecast, perform ad hoc analyses, and pull data for internal stakeholders so my Statistics background has played an integral role in my career path. The market for Analytics positions is booming and being able to have SAS or R experience on your resume is a huge plus for any hiring manager in the field.
What advice would you give to current statistics students about the professional realm?
No one knows what they are doing. It's OK. You'll figure it out.
What did you enjoy about being a Statistics student at the University of Illinois?
Having a sense of job security. Being a Statistics major from UofI is highly valued and sought after by companies. Every single company has some form of analytical position available and with the every growing space for "Big Data Analytics", I firmly believe having a statistical skill set will hold an even higher value in the future.
B.S. in Statistics - '15