Data scientist working on analytics for network convergence and IoT.
I was told that engineering school would teach me how to learn anything! Also, Math and Physics were my favorite disciplines in High School, and I like the combination of theory and practice that engineering offers, along with the fact that our profession revolves around problem solving.
I attended the University of Brasilia, located in Brazil's capital and consistently ranked as one of the top 5 public universities in Brazil (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Brasilia). Later I specialized in external control (financial and computing audit), and got an MBA in IT Management.
Activities typical of a researcher (studying technologies and proposing new solutions), and also of a business analyst working in the software development (data modeling, functional requirements analysis, process modeling, defining metrics and key performance indicators, etc.).
The opportunity to interact with very talented people, both from the technical and business worlds. Being a problem solver allows you to work along with many people from different areas, and learn from these experiences.
Having two books published in Brazil on the subject of IT management that have had several reprints and are adopted by several high education institutions: www.editoraatlas.com.br/Atlas/webapp/resultado_busca.aspx Only a few books are selected for publishing by the same mainstream editor each year, and when my first one made the cut, it was the only one not written by a PhD professor.
I can't say I had many challenges. I was lucky to have parents that cared about giving the best education to their children, and showing them the value of studying hard. This helped get me accepted by a prestigious engineering school funded by the Brazilian federal government, and opened many doors in my career.
I'm married to another Engineer (we met at school). He is an accomplished engineer who has won awards for solutions he created for telecommunications companies in Brazil, and is now finishing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh: www.cs.pitt.edu/~apf75/
I tend not to make plans! I thought I would be an electronic engineer working on development of electronic devices all my life, but after 2 years working in this field, new challenges presented themselves and I became an information technology consultant. The only important short- and long-term goals I have are to keep learning about different aspects of work and life.
My husband is my inspiration. Being "part of a team" means that you no longer think exclusively about yourself. For example, I love working and living in NYC, but my husband doesn't, so we are planning on relocating to a place were both can be happy while continuing to work on what we like to do for a living.
Don't let negative remarks about your gender or abilities affect you. When I was in engineering school, I applied to an internship at an electrical power company and heard from a senior manager that it was not "the right field for a woman". I didn't give up, and had an amazing experience working as an intern for another department of the same company.
Doing community work is one of my passions. I am currently working on a new project (http://projeto100.org) helping underprivileged children in Brazil get the education they need to escape poverty.
I play the piano (Brazilian tangos and Tom Jobim), and my favorite author is José Saramago, a Portuguese author.
Added Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3:57 PM
You're the only person who can answer this question, and the best approach is to "begin with the end in mind". Ask yourself, "What do I want to do once I finish my studies? Teach? Work for a tech firm? Become a computer science ...
Added Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Answering in two parts because of the 2000-char limitation.
> What is your current career title?
Senior consultant, cloud optimization solutions.
> Where are you currently employed?
Cloudwiry, a company that offers cloud optimization ...
Added Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:40 AM
It's great that you're thinking ahead how to get a good start when you get to college. I'll divide my answer to your question in two parts:
"Is it ok to go into my major with no prior experience?"
Yes, it's perfectly fine to start a ...