Where is Elodie now?
Elodie was a participant in the fifth cohort of ITC’s Data Science Fellows track. She made the decision to choose the borekas life over baguettes and made Aliyah from France three years ago. Currently excelling as a junior Data Scientist at Outbrain, one of the global leaders in the AdTech industry, her main goal in her role is finding the best ad or article and matching it to the most suitable audience on the most suitable websites. Read on to see her experience and journey in the tech world.
Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do? How did you decide to go into computer science?
No, not really. I actually always wanted to be a mathematics teacher, but I became an actuary scientist (the cool kids of the insurance world). I decided to make Aliyah and began working in a startup for two years as a Data Analyst and from there I saw a clear path to becoming a Data Scientist. I have a strong background in mathematics, which was great, but I felt I needed to reinforce my coding and computer science skills. I found no better place than ITC to learn at.
Have you ever felt that your gender has affected the way you are perceived or treated? How did you handle it?
Actually, not at all, but maybe because I grew up with brothers and I studied mathematics in university, I always felt more surrounded by boys. I’m happy to say that at my previous company, Abagada, the girl power was more predominant. In fact, when Abagada was first created, the CEO Kobi was the only man in a company of 10 women!
What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?
It’s an advantage!
What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?
Just do it. Do not be afraid, because you can totally manage both your private and professional life working in high tech.
What has been your most career-defining moment that you are proud of?
Before joining ITC, I was already working for 2 years but ITC was a big turning point in my career: both in terms of learning new things, but also it was the best way to discover and network in the Israeli work scene.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not coding?
I like to spend time with my friends, drinking coffee. And because Women in Tech are before all Women: Shopping!
So, what’s next for you Elodie? Where would you love to see yourself in a few years?
I see myself still working as Data Scientist, but also spending some of my time teaching for sure ☺