Making a difference in the world is what matters most to Priyanka, and it’s one of the reasons she loves working in data analysis for UnitedHealth Group. Discovering and translating trends and patterns into real-world benefits for our customers requires a lot of time and patience, every day. But it’s also rewarding, just like the time she spends on weekends as a volunteer teacher with children. The work is similarly demanding, with the results leading to a better society and a better future - one child at a time. The smiles on their faces keep her coming back, and for Priyanka, that’s all the reward she needs.
How do you describe your job to family and friends?
I tell my family and friends that we look for patterns in health care data and use that information to make predictions that will benefit the company and our customers.
What are some of the greatest challenges you need to take on in order to be successful in your role?
We work with a lot of data sources in a complex environment, so knowing where to get the data is a big challenge, as well as building the models that we present to clients.
When you’re facing those challenges, what are some of your personal strengths and abilities that come into play?
Personal strengths that help me face these challenges are patience and having a positive attitude about solving any given problem.
What are the elements of your job you love?
Every day is a new challenge, and we're actually working on something that will help people live better, healthier lives. It makes every day truly rewarding.
How do those same elements show up in the passions and interests you pursue outside of work?
One thing that really drives me is giving back to society. I like spending my weekends teaching kids, it's rewarding and makes me really happy. You need a lot of patience to work with kids and you become more compassionate. That's helped me in my workplace when I'm talking to other team members or working with clients.
Why is your passion important to you?
When I come back from teaching these kids every weekend, I have a great feeling about having helped society. The smiles I see on their faces, that's the reward I get.
What’s the most important thing someone should know before joining our company?
You have to be on your toes. You have to innovate and challenge yourself every single day.
If you weren’t working at UnitedHealth Group or doing what you do today, what would you be doing?
I'd follow my passion full time and teach kids every day.
What are you most grateful for?
I'm very grateful for having a loving family and for the environment they brought me up in.