13-Apr-2018 Finding Passion and Purpose Page ContentChoong Zi Chao, 29Senior SpecialistNUS, Master of Science in Business Analytics "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life". That's pretty much the life data analyst Choong Zi Chao is leading. The Master of Science, Business Analytics graduate found his passion in healthcare and has been following it. Zi Chao who was a recipient of the Healthcare Graduate Studies Award (HGSA) has been a part of IHiS' Health Insights Team for the past 1.5 years. "I thought that it would be meaningful to pursue a career in healthcare, given that we require health services at various points in our lives", remarked the 29-year-old when asked why he chose the HGSA over other scholarships. The scholarship also provided Zi Chao with a three-month internship opportunity at MOH Holdings Pte Ltd (MOHH) which he found truly intriguing. "It really puts what we learnt from textbooks and lecture notes into perspective when I first got a glimpse of what real-life analytics can do, not to mention the amount of hard work and collaboration required to deliver a successful analytics project", he marvelled. These days, he pores over data on a regular basis, interpreting information and identifying issues that relate to the area of population health and disease management. Due to the ever-changing nature of his work, Zi Chao learns that being humble, having a healthy sense of curiosity and being willing to listen have helped him stay on top of his job. The NUS alumnus finds that sometimes adopting the trial-and-error method is the way to go to get things right. Zi Chao appreciates the camaraderie of his team mates as it makes experimenting new solutions much easier. It is no wonder that the scholar resonates with 'Teaming', one of IHiS' Core Values he most identifies with (Other Core Values include Integrity, Professionalism, Fun and Guts).Away from work, Zi Chao enjoys reading and listening to music and unwinds with creative pursuits such as pottery-making. Looking ahead, the data analyst shares that he intends to keep going with his efforts to make a positive impact on the healthcare sector. "I feel that IHiS has played an important role in providing me with opportunities to make a positive difference in people's lives. The work of improving healthcare outcomes and patients' well-being is purposeful and means a lot to me," Zi Chao summed up. Find out more about careers at IHiS here.