Meet Marlena Kiszycka who decided to change completely her career for Data Science.
Hometown: Bialystok, Poland
Background: Master’s degree in Modern Languages for International Communication, Università degli Studi di Padova
Tell us more about your background.
Soon after my high school graduation in Poland, I decided to undertake studies in Italy and immerse myself completely in an entirely new cultural setting which gave me opportunity to discover the immense diversity. I got my Master’s degree even though I’ve always had a knack for scientific fields, like mathematics, chemistry. After my university, I started working in sales that helped me improve my soft skills and build my self-confidence.
Why did you decide to change your career field to Data Science?
I’ve grown my interest in Data Science field for the last two years. Working in sales, you must deal with lots of data, I would say even Big Data, but can we really take useful insights from them without proper tools? I started learning mathematics, including statistics, probability as well as some basic programming on my own. The more you are in Data Science (which is also a very vast field), the more you cannot stop learning about it.
Why did you choose to follow the Data Science programme on-campus in Paris?
It’s very technical field and also our master is very intensive covering advanced-level courses, so I found it very useful and helpful being able to work on some solutions with other students. To be honest, I’ve never thought to have such wonderful people in my class. I’m also eager to learn French language so I think it can be easier to do it being here in Paris.
What advice you would give to people who would like to change career for Data Science?
It’s always the fear to change that can make us not follow our dreams but it’s never too late to start learning something new. In my case, I could have very nice perspectives of professional growth, but I asked myself many times if it’s the right irection. Of course, it’s not always so easy from different points of view, including the economic aspect of changing everything in your life, but if you can afford it even by refusing other things that you were got used to, don’t hesitate and just change.
What are the 3 first things on you bucket list?
First, I would say to learn as much as possible about Data Science during this year and get a satisfactory job. Also, I would love to run the New York marathon to become a good surfer.