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.


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.


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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