In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science this year, we spoke with Migena Mana, a data scientist at the Adecco Group Technology Center in Berlin, Germany to learn more about her experience as a woman working in the STEM fields and her advice for other women looking to pursue similar goals.
Q: What makes you so passionate about data science? Why do you love what you do?
One thing I love about data science is that it will never be outdated and it will always have the same or greater impact on the world. I also like the amount of freedom it gives you when choosing your career. It is quite a broad field and it can be applied to anything only to improve it. Robotics, language processing, cost optimization - you name it, data science can improve it.
Q: What made you first fall in love with data science – or science in general – as a field of study and an industry?
It allows me to be creative in a different way every day. Data science is thought as an exact science concerned only with maths and statistics but it’s actually about looking at the data set with a critical eye and trying to find underlying correlation.
Q: Have you ever felt excluded in this field?
I was one of the few women in the field both in my bachelors and masters, but I didn’t whatsoever experience any gender-related exclusion during university. Here, at the Adecco Group, differently from my previous job experiences, we have a very diverse environment, which feels much nicer. However, I really appreciate that my colleagues always made me feel comfortable and never excluded.