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From Software Developer to Data Scientist – Olga shares her story

Olga Kubarev is a deep thinker, a challenge seeker and a proud Fellow of the Data Science program at ITC. Olga made Aliyah with her family twenty years ago from Russia, served in the IDF and further graduated with a degree in statistics from the University of Haifa. Her strong interest for technology started during her studies. She worked several years in the insurance industry and after completing a coding bootcamp, she started working as an embedded software developer at a company that produces security cameras.

We sat with Olga to find out more about her journey in tech from software development to data science.

How did your interest for data science start? Were you always interested in this field? If not, why did you transition?

I’ve always been fond of data and working with it in various ways. The first step I took toward integrating into the field was completing a degree in statistics, a BI course and then working with data and data analysis at an insurance agency. On the other hand, I also love coding so using my skills to combine data science and coding is a perfect match for me.  

Why did you decide to join this ITC program? What made you choose ITC over other training providers? 

At first I began looking for a bootcamp course in data science. During my search, I found the ITC course. The ITC Fellows program seemed like it was the best option in terms of studying hours, the syllabus, projects and working with companies from the industry. 

What’s one advice you would give aspiring women in tech?

If there is support from people close to you, the sky is the limit. 

How can women get the most out of the ITC experience, and how can they best get ready for their next job during the training?

Studying in this course is an excellent preparation experience for your next job. The environment is very similar to the field of high-tech: for example, many tasks, deadlines, and the ratio of women to men in the class.

What has been your proudest achievement in this field so far? (A cool project you worked on, a topic you wanted to learn, a challenge you overcame)

One of my proud achievements is a data mining project, we are currently working on during our training. I have learned and continue to learn many new things from it.

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?

I don’t think it makes a big difference to be a man or a woman in this industry. The fact that you are in it shows that you have reached a role that not every man or woman can.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not coding?

I am fond of doing nails and enjoying time with my family.

What’s next for you? Where would you love to see yourself in a few years?

I look forward to learning new skills and improving my knowledge in order to advance my career. In five years from now, I see myself as a knowledgeable professional having an in-depth knowledge of the data science industry.


Would you like to begin your career as a Data Scientist or Full-Stack Developer with ITC? Apply now and ask about our scholarships for women.

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