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Brooke Tooze

from competitive dancer to Data Scientist
I create stories from data to enable better decision-making.
Industry
Technology and Digital, Transport, Logistics and Warehousing
Company
Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group
Job Level
Mid
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  • How dancing gave me a drive to do better
  • Changing uni degrees
  • How being a data analyst is like a language interpreter

About me

  • Regional Background

I am a Data Scientist in the Customer and Digital Group at the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and I love creating stories with data to help people make better decisions.

Born and raised in Cairns QLD, I was an avid dancer and with that, a huge competitor. I would compete with myself every-day, to be better than I was the day before. Ultimately, this motivation led me to finish school with grades that let me into almost any university course. But with choices, comes uncertainty.

After chopping and changing majors several times throughout my degree, the many happy accidents I had along the way landed me in a data analysis role in the Queensland Government Digital & ICT Graduate Program. This is my third year working in the team and in that time, I have successfully landed higher, permanent positions.

About my role

  • Analytical
  • Flexible
  • Personable
  • Reliable
  • Studious

A Data Scientist is someone who works to make sense out of data to better understand the world around us.

As it is, companies produce an in-consumable amount of data, so a data scientist is tasked with understanding and relaying that information to others.

Think of it as a language interpreter. An interpreter sits between two people, and relays information between them in a way they can understand. A data scientist sits between data and people, trying to relay whatever information is in the data in a way that people can understand. There are many types of data scientists, ranging from very technical to more generalist roles.

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Education

  • Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Biomedical Science and Computational Science)

Subjects

  • Digital Design/Information Technology
  • Mathematical Methods (Maths B)

Awards

  • JCU Academic Encouragement Award

Hobbies

  • Dancing
  • Gaming
  • Gym
  • Photography
  • Reading

15 year old me!!

“No matter what you do, or what you choose, you will be okay. You have no idea what you are capable of.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Graduated high-school and enrolled in university
  2. University cut my course before starting
  3. Enrolled in different university (& different degree!)
  4. Offered place in graduate program
  5. Applied, and landed, current role

My employer

The Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group (QGCDG) is a diverse agency, delivering services to help Queenslanders live better lives. We do this by putting people at the centre of everything we do, and working together with collaboration, integrity and respect. Our diverse portfolio areas work together to influence change and deliver responsive services that build a healthy and connected Queensland.