From The Arts to Analytics | Graduate Spotlight

Sep 7, 2022
Jessica Grande

Abi Inglis of Part-time Data Analyitcs Cohort 6 at Nashville Software SchoolAfter graduating from Belmont, Abi Inglis of Part-time Data Analytics Cohort 6 spent the first 4 years of her professional career working in non-profit performing arts administration. Having enjoyed her time in her most recent role with the Nashville Ballet, Abi decided it was time to go a different direction with her career when she chose to learn data analytics with Nashville Software School (NSS). 

“I had several friends who had gone through various programs,” Abi shares in her podcast. “It came with raving, high reviews from my friends who completed the program.” 

What was your favorite part of your NSS experience?

“My favorite part of the NSS experience was the diversity of thought that comes from a program that nurtures new skills in people looking to make a change. So many students enroll at NSS for a career pivot, which means that people enter the class with all sorts of experiences and previous expertise. Getting to work in group projects with people who thought differently from me and brought different ideas to the table made me a more creative problem solver and, in turn, a better analyst. And I made some awesome friends that I never would have met otherwise!” 

What was the topic of your capstone and how did you choose it?

“My capstone project was about the Broadway theatre industry and indicators that might show how successful a play or musical will be. I am a life-long theatre lover, and reading through the weekly gross revenue reports on as a nerdy high schooler was my first foray into being interested in data trends, so it felt natural to return to that data for this project.” 

​​What advice would you give to current or incoming NSS Students? 

“Give yourself grace, and remember that this material is hard! Allow yourself the space to wrestle with it if you don't understand it right away -- the payoff when the lightbulb goes off is the best feeling, so hold out for it!” 


Abi started her job search before graduation and that effort paid off with a job offer before graduation! Abi now works as a Business Analyst for AllianceBernstein! Way to go, Abi!

Learn more about Abi and her NSS Journey when you listen to her podcast below! 

Meet more of the graduates from Part-time Data Analytics Cohort 6 by visiting their class website

Topics: Student Stories, Analytics + Data Science