Tell me a little bit about where you attended school and your work history.
I grew up in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States in 1994. When I lived in Russia, I obtained my education in Computer Science. However, I didn’t learn about modern technologies and efficient software building until I came to the U.S.
I started working as a web developer for a small firm. Afterwards, I worked across different industries for several organizations. I was able to advance through a series of roles, moving my way into a management position.
How did you start your career at Ascensus, and how long have you worked here?
When I was applying to jobs, I interviewed at many companies. In the end, I felt Ascensus was the best opportunity for me. I’ve been working here for 3 years. I currently manage software development, which allows me to work with other developers to build software applications for our clients.
What made you interested in pursuing a career in technology?
When I was starting my career, technology and web development represented new territory. As these sciences emerged, there was a high demand for people skilled in these fields. Also, I always liked to solve challenging problems. Overall, I felt like IT presented opportunity for me to grow.
What makes working on the IT team at Ascensus different or unique?
Everyone that is a part of our IT team here impresses me. We invest a lot of time and energy into digital enhancements, the advancement of new technology products, and the development of agile processes. Our technologists get to be a part of an organization that values ongoing and emerging technologies.
What advice would you give someone who wants to land a job in the technology field?
Be committed to learning. Always try and adapt to new technologies, because it will allow you to stay innovative. Also, look for ways to improve yourself and the company you work for.
Can you provide any guidance for women aiming for leadership positions?
Although it’s impressive to work hard and be good at your job, it won’t be enough if you want to be in a leadership position. You need to be confident in who you are, and you need to be assertive so your voice is heard. Take risks and never compromise.
Did anyone or anything help you to get to where you are today?
When my kids were little, my husband and my mother always helped me so I could do what I liked to do. They were always supportive when I had to spend my nights studying, or when I had to work long hours. I also looked up to one of my previous bosses, because he was an amazing technologist. We were able to work together at three different companies.
Why do you like working for a company that helps people save?
Every time you work on a new feature, you realize you’re working on it to help others. When I see one of my technology systems being implemented or when I fix a bug on the site, I feel satisfied to know my expertise is being used to help others save for the future.