Career Path: Matt Guthrie, Senior Analyst at BHE
What do the career path and day-in-the-life look like for a Senior Analyst at BHE?
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Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
I grew up in Staten Island, New York and I’ve enjoyed all the time I’ve spent there with friends and family. It’s one of the five boroughs of New York City, but it’s not part of most people’s vision of the city. There’s a stereotype about people from Staten Island (see MTV’s Jersey Shore), and while it is true for many Staten Islanders, it’s not true for all of them. I think I’ve been able to stay independent of that stereotype mainly because of my parents, who grew up in other boroughs. My dad grew up in Brooklyn and now works in high-end residential remodeling/construction, and my mom grew up in Queens and recently retired from her job as a Parent Coordinator at a public school.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
I went to Boston University and graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters in Economics, as well as a Bachelors in Statistics in 2016. I was initially unsure about what I wanted to study and almost went to UCLA to study film. After deciding on Boston University instead, I took a few intro classes and found I was interested in Economics. Over time, I started leaning towards more quantitative classes, so I decided to pursue the degree in Statistics as well.
What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?
Creativity and a passion for solving problems have always helped me to succeed in different areas. At BHE, we sometimes receive very complicated algorithms from our clients, and it’s our job to translate them into something that can be implemented in our platform. All of these algorithms present exciting opportunities to leverage the platform in creative and innovative ways.
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as Senior Analyst at Boston Health Economics?
As a Senior Analyst on the Support team, I am responsible for overseeing the support process from beginning to end. Clients send in questions all day, and it is my job to triage these questions and either answer them myself or pass them along to other analysts on the team. This process involves being an expert on our IHD platform as well as having advanced knowledge of healthcare data sources and a knack for communicating directly with clients.
What do you like to do outside of work?
While I didn’t study film in school, I never stopped creating short films in my free time. I am currently editing two short films that I finished filming over the past year and I hope to have them finished in the next few months. My favorite part of the process is always working with the actors and crew members on set. There is nothing like collaborating with other creative people to solve problems and create something that belongs to all of you. Film has always been the way I make sense of my life and it’s the best way I’ve found to express my ideas.
I am also a huge fan of european soccer and love keeping up with the games on the weekend. My favorite team is Chelsea FC from London and I had the chance to visit the stadium last year during an incredible trip to the UK with my girlfriend.
Day in the Life
What time do you get into the office?
What are the three things you enjoy most in your role?
Working and laughing with my coworkers
Solving tough problems posed by our clients
Learning something new every day
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
Because I’m on the “late” shift (9:30-6), the day is already in full swing by the time I get to work. The first thing I do is get an overview of questions that need to be answered and the priority level attached to each of them. The rest of the day involves working through these questions as quickly as possible while providing the best answers we can. When there are no questions that need to be answered, I work on other tasks like preparing training materials, producing how-to videos, or working on consulting projects for our clients.
What time do you head out of the office?
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
I’ve only had to work at night a handful of times over the past two years. Generally, I can leave at the end of the day and disconnect until the next morning.
Any productivity hacks?
The main thing I’ve learned over time is to work on tasks in small bits with short breaks in between. These breaks can even mean working on other work-related tasks, but I’ve found that I get more done by breaking things up to avoid getting bored with one task.
What are some apps that you can’t live without?
At work we are always using Slack and Notion, but outside of work I’m using Instagram, The Guardian news app (for soccer news), and the podcast app whenever I have some free time.
Images courtesy of Matt Guthrie and BHE