“While working at Google, I haven’t experienced discrimination. We believe that a diverse environment is essential to create global and successful products.”
So I asked Karina if projects, like ours, are necessary in society.
“Absolutely yes! I constantly hear from my female friends from other companies that they are not treated seriously during meetings or presentations at work. What is more, there are plenty of initiatives for women who already work or are finishing their studies. “Code::Girls” fills the gap for girls who are at the beginning of their career. This gap should have been filled years ago. When I was in high school, I mostly lacked the idea that a girl who is both interested in humanities and science can work in IT. The perception of computer scientists who work on their own is a fake vision. In this line of work, the most important skills an employee might have are curiosity, the ability to learn and to communicate.”
So what piece of advice do you have for us, Karina?
“Don’t fear the change. If you don’t like your school or job — change it. Don’t get stuck in a place where you don’t belong. Think out of the box. If you like humanities and science — combine it!”
Karina, we are deeply impressed by your courage to change your path. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
And you? When did you recently change something that was not a suit for you?