A participant of the third CABAR.asia School of Analytics Kunduz Kydyrova shares her experience about the knowledge gained and talks about three learning facts.
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Much has already been said and published on the agenda of the School, but I want to share my personal experience about what I got for myself besides theory.
It sounds unrealistic, but in six days of the school for young analysts I have learnt more than during writing an entire master’s thesis. Either the learning process in our universities is not built in the best way, or CABAR.asia has prepared a truly exciting event. In fact, this is not a loud stereotyped review, but a real aftertaste, and here are three reasons why:
- Invited speakers from the CIS countries with all regalia and academic degrees turned out to be not just theoreticians, but also practicing specialists with significant background. I already had some theoretical knowledge and professional experience in the analytical environment by the time I started school. As the saying goes, smart is not the one who learns from his mistakes, but the one who does not commit them, while learning from the mistakes of others. I wanted to hear if they had any mistakes from their personal experience, what difficult situations they faced, what decisions they made and what lessons they learned for themselves. As a rule, during trainings in the form of lectures, skills are not practiced, and the knowledge gained is not tested, and therefore they are poorly remembered. Moreover, the interesting, non-standard, and fascinating experience of the CABAR.asia speakers, I am sure, remained in the memory of the majority of the participants, and this is already a big advantage.
- Charismatic speakers. When a speaker not only presents sensible information, but also demonstrates presentation skills, ability to convince and make optimal decisions, and masterly answers questions, this definitely contributes to more efficient consumption of information and shows in visually perceptible forms where young experts need to move. I believe that a real researcher-analyst, among having other necessary professional characteristics, is a person who, in a constant search, saw himself, walked through, analyzed, and tried many role models, and found the unique one. In addition, I love to communicate with attractive people, and under no circumstances I will not consider the time for such communication wasted.
- Perhaps this is the most important part, the organizers after graduation from the School provide a unique opportunity to publish their analytical article on one of the leading platforms in Central Asia, both in Russian and in English. Moreover, the editors will give their comments on its completion and painstakingly help young authors to get the article into shape. Yes, and where are young analysts now allowed to publish in publications for free? For comparison, to publish an article in a scientific journal of my university, which does not have an online portal, it will take a fairly decent amount. I already have a number of published scientific articles in paper form, but their audience is not high compared to the size of the readers of the CABAR.asia portal, and this is unambiguous, and another bold advantage both for the School in terms of uniqueness and for my resume.
The only thing is, I would like more live networking, more movement, practical exercises, game sessions, but the pandemic has made its adjustments. Hopefully, we will still be able to meet each other, focus on practical sessions and get both cultural and gastronomic ecstasy.