Hello girls, and thank you for your time! Let’s take a step back: what did you do before Le Wagon?
Olga: Just before Le Wagon, I was a psychology student at the University of Milan.
And what made you consider learning how to code?
O: I always had a great passion for maths and statistics. During my university years I had focused on humanities, leaving this part of me aside. After my graduation, I realized I wanted to look at social changes and human behaviour from a broader perspective, even bigger than the one you can have with a degree in sociology - and this can be achieved through big data analysis. Talking about it with my sister, she mentioned Le Wagon and I decided to join their Data Science bootcamp in Lisbon.
What motivated you to enter tech?
Gaia in Web Dev and Olga in Data Science, you both attended the Le Wagon remotely. How was your experience?
O: I was living anyway in Lisbon and I had the opportunity to stay at least on the campus for a week. I have to say that, even if it was online, I succeeded in making great relationships with my colleagues and teachers! This helped me out so much in the thought moment of the campus (eg. the project).
What did you enjoy the most during these 9 weeks?
O: Always learning something new, challenges and having someone to share my work with. I also really appreciated that after the daily lecture we would start practicing immediately: from theory to practice in less than 2 hours!
I know you girls recently landed new tech jobs. Congratulations! Can you explain to us briefly your new positions?
O: I’m working in financial consulting. I’m in the team of Business Process Improvement and Digital in Milan. The job is all about process digitization for big financial companies (mainly banks), helping them in keeping up with the new tools and technologies and new normatives on the usage of data.
And finally, what do you think is the #1 rule for getting the most out of the bootcamp?
O: Always keeping on track. It’s very intense, you will learn a lot of things in a very short time - someday you just cannot believe that you will remember what they just taught you, but somehow you will. I think that resilience must be your main focus during the bootcamp and at the end of the day you just have to trust the process.