Yoni Schwartz ’19SB has parlayed a strong course of academic study and a degree in Business Intelligence and Marketing Analytics (BIMA) into a role at Anthem Inc. as a Senior Analyst.
After two successful internships while at YU (Psocratic, Inc. and Spark Foundry), he has been able to use his interest in data and health care to begin his postgraduate career with an exciting role. YU News caught up with Yoni to see how his time away from YU is progressing.
Tell the YU community more about your role.
I work as a Tableau expert, which means I am creating visual reports that help contract negotiators around the country negotiate the best rates with hospitals in their region. I get to take these massive amounts of data and leverage them into usable and customized finished products for customers. It helps the greater Anthem team to have the best contract data to do their best job.
How did you get to this place in your career?
I was a young sophomore not having any clue where I was going. I attended the first ever BIMA event (I believe the Career Center was involved) and the panel of YU alums kept saying “Tableau” and “data visualizations” over and over again, so I remember that at the end of the session, I circled Tableau on my notes.
Later that year, I didn’t have an internship yet, so I did something out of character: I went to a Career Fair meet-and-greet downtown for students with startup founders. As I spoke with one of the founders, I kept mentioning data visualizations, and the founder said, “Tableau”: that really got the conversation going. A couple of conversations later, I was able to get an internship, and now, Tableau takes up to 60-70% of my day.
Where do you want to go, now that you have had these experiences?
There are hundreds of opportunities for analyst roles. For now, I want to stay in the health care field because it is a very important value to me to have my work benefit people. If I choose to move, Jewish nonprofits or technology for good would make the most sense to me.
Recently, I’ve started a nonprofit with a fellow BIMA graduate in which we provide free data analysis and consultations for Jewish nonprofits, where data-driven decisions can completely transform an organization. I am excited to see where it takes me.
What advice would you give students or young alumni in terms of growing their career?
Put yourself out there: you are your best résumé, not a sheet of paper. Making yourself hirable is really important; you need to specialize and bring value. BIMA is a big field, but having a specific knowledge set in visualizations brought me to the forefront and opened the door.