Meet Michelle Nielsen

Junior Data Analyst at Nordija

About Michelle

Michelle is from Denmark, where she is currently living together with her boyfriend in Gentofte. For 3 years, Michelle has been working at Nordija as a Student Assistant and Junior Data Scientist looking into movie recommendations.

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Mathematical Modelling and Computation from DTU and wrote her Master’s thesis in collaboration with Nordija. During her studies, she did a semester abroad to Montreal in Canada, experiencing how it is to study in another country and learn what a real winter is like.

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How did you join Nordija?

When I was writing my Bachelor thesis in movie recommendations for groups at DTU, Thomas Christensen, the CEO at Nordija, contacted my supervisor about doing a project regarding movie recommendations. This ended up in me starting as a student assistant in Nordija.

Before joining Nordija, I was working as a waitress. I learned a lot - especially how to work under pressure, but it was not relevant to my studies. Coming to Nordija meant that I could use some of the things I was learning in my studies and also improve some of my skills, such as programming in Java.

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What is your role at Nordija?

My role at Nordija is looking into movie recommendations. There is a lot of math and machine learning behind making a recommendation which is where my education comes in handy. I find it very interesting looking into data to see how people behave and see how this data can be used.

The biggest accomplishment in the career

Since I have not been in the labor market for so long, I would say my biggest accomplishment is yet to come. But I am looking forward to the day where one of the things I have been a part of creating gets out there and can be used by others.

Besides looking at my career, I consider my semester abroad in Montreal as one of my biggest accomplishments. I met people from all over the world, which really made me realize how privileged we are in Denmark - especially regarding studying, but also in general. It taught me to stand on my own two feet because everyone I know is so far away and can not help. In general, this semester abroad, therefore, taught me a lot about myself and gave me a lot to use going forward and for the rest of my life.

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What do you enjoy the most about Nordija s culture?

Since we spend quite a lot of time at the job, one of the most important things is the community. Nordija spends a lot of energy making social events and giving us the opportunity to see each other in other settings than work. I remember the first summer party, just a while after I started, where we were going high rope climbing. Besides being challenging and fun, it was also a great way to get to know everybody.

Nordija is also a very dog-friendly place, which means people occasionally bring their dog to work. Being very fond of dogs, this is something I enjoy.

The culture in Nordija is unique, and Nordija is more than just a workplace.

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What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

In my spare time, I enjoy both being very active but also relaxing at home and being creative. I am a family person and therefore spend a lot of time with them and seeing my friends. 

I have always enjoyed traveling, and being abroad has only made my desire to travel greater. I think the world has so much to offer, and I want to experience as much as possible. I love learning and trying new things, and being challenged. This has involved trying surfing both in Marocco and Portugal, zip-lining in Canada, and wakeboarding and high rope climbing with Nordija. Additionally, since I was a kid, my grandmother took me skiing almost every year, which is, therefore, one of my favorite activities where I can combine being active with being together with my family. 

Of more relaxed things, I enjoy being creative, making scrapbooks, taking pictures, and crocheting, which have been some of my main activities in these corona times.

Looking forward to connecting with you.

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