Yunge's passion is the world of data. From an early age, she therefore was keen to work as a data engineer. The “Data Enginyst” training program at Bosch helped her to achieve this goal.
Yunge wanted to dive deep into the world of technologies — looking beyond the scope of her home country, China. That's why she decided to move to Germany after graduating from high school. She lived, studied and worked in Germany for six years to complete her bachelor's and master's degrees. Especially through various university projects during her master’s studies in Stuttgart, she became aware of the many opportunities at Bosch — and applied after her graduation.Yunge now works as a Data Lake Development Engineer and REDLake Product Consultant at Bosch in Suzhou, China.
How did your desire to become a data expert develop?
I got inspired to become a data expert back in my school days: We studied the topics of data structures and algorithms in our school lessons. It was the logical thinking about it that appealed to me the most. After graduation, I therefore decided to study business informatics. Data is the most important topic in this field of study; it plays an increasingly crucial role for every company. So during this period, my goal of working as a data engineer really crystallised. After graduating with my master's degree, I worked in Germany for a short time in an IT services and IT consulting company. When I decided to return to China, I first joined Bosch as a data project manager and now work as a data engineer.
What are your responsibilities as a data engineer at Bosch?
My work involves two parts. On the one hand, I develop various data products within the REDLake. To put it simply, the REDLake is an ecosystem to organize data as data assets. This allows for efficient data utilization as we continue toward becoming a data-driven company. In developing these data products, I cooperate with various international teams. I exchange ideas with German, Indian, Vietnamese and colleagues from other countries on a daily basis. It is this international environment that inspires me, because my own journey began abroad. On the other hand, I work in an advisory capacity for our internal customers. And I also participate in various learning communities where we share our knowledge about our development topics.
How important is learning in your professional life?
I understand knowledge in the professional context as a cycle — between all employees and the company. I learn from others and in turn pass on my knowledge in the daily routine, so that others might benefit from it. As a result of this cycle, we gain new ideas, perspectives and expertise. That is why it is best to always maintain a good balance between working and learning. Part of the reason I chose Bosch is that the company places a high value on lifelong learning for its employees. A good example of this are the many programs and training courses that Bosch provides for its employees. One of these, for instance, is the Data Enginyst program, which I attended.
What is the Data Enginyst program all about?
The first time I heard about the program was when I was still working in my previous position as a Data Project Leader. My supervisor at the time told me about it. He encouraged me to apply for this training — so that I could get closer to my goal of working as a data engineer. For a year, I then attended the training two days a week in addition to my job. Some of the seminars took place during my working hours, but also in the evenings and on weekends. Depending on the discipline, we were divided into several small groups of Bosch employees. We had great seminar trainers, including many Bosch data experts, who introduced us to the practical side of the Data Science world.
What were the topics of the Data Enginyst program?
In the beginning, the focus laid on coding; for example, we learned programming languages like Python. In the advanced phase, we explored the topic of data pipelines in Bosch applications and learned a lot about Big Data Visualization, Real Time Data, Big Data Ingestion, Statistics and Co. This was followed by a three-month phase in which we applied all the methods and techniques we had acquired to actual projects. In my case it was a project about data modeling in collaboration with my former colleagues. At the end we held the project presentations including the evaluation by our trainers.
What changed for you after the program?
Without the training, I would not be where I am today. Shortly after, I started my new job as Data Lake Development Engineer and REDLake Product Consultant. That was definitely a big step for me. Not everyone who participates in the program intends to find a new job. But in my case, it helped me succeeding to work at my desired position. Aside from that, I expanded my network hugely. Since our trainings took place online, I met colleagues from all over the world. This international collaboration was definitely a highlight. I also got in contact with program participants from China who I probably wouldn't have met otherwise.One colleague lives nearby and we are still in touch.
What makes the topic of learning close to your heart?
I think the COVID-19 pandemic in particular has shown that we need to be both flexible and open to change. If we are willing to keep learning, we can manage such unpredictable situations much better. I therefore believe that challenging our knowledge empowers us, and that is why this topic is so close to my heart.
Especially in our business, you can't be successful without continuing to expand your horizon. Facts we know about technology today may be outdated tomorrow.
This is among the reasons why I value Bosch so much: For me, working here means to never stop learning. And a culture of continuous learning is crucial not only for the individual, but also for the company itself: Bosch is in the middle of the biggest transformation of its history. And on this journey towards becoming a leading IoT company, Bosch is bringing its associates along through many development opportunities. A company can only transform itself successfully if its associates also keep adapting and evolving.
Data Lake Development Engineer and REDLake Product Consultant
Yunge He (Chinese：贺韵阁) works at Bosch's Suzhou site in China. From 2013 to 2018, she lived in Germany and studied business informatics for her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree. During this time, she also had her first touch points with Bosch. Back in China, she joined Bosch in 2019 as a Data Project Leader in the logistics area. Since 2021, she has been working as a Data Lake Development Engineer and REDLake Product Consultant.