An interview with Felicia Ziparo of Methods Analytics

Technology product and platform development constrained not only in terms of an organization’s ability to compete in a market driven by increasingly diverse customers, but also by the lack of diverse inputs to the process.

All finalists in the Team Leader of the Year category for this year’s Woman in Tech Excellence Award recognize that their leadership has inspired and empowered their teams to overcome the inevitable obstacles in technology and infrastructure projects and programs. It shows that you have given Lead of Methods Analytics Her data Her scientist and team Her Leader of the Year finalist Felicia Ziparo explains why she stands behind a campaign to raise the voices of women working in tech, and how they can be successful share advice.

Why support Computing’s Women in Tech Excellence campaign?

The challenge of increasing diversity in IT is now a major issue across the UK. We are far from where we want to be, but the human element of recognizing and promoting talented women in our industry, sharing best practices, and building a community that drives positive change is what drives us forward towards the solution. I believe it plays a fundamental role in

How did you get into the IT industry?

After studying astrophysics in college, I used programming languages ​​to analyze data generated by various telescopes around the world. When I decided to leave academia, data science was the most logical step to use my skills in a more applied field. I was fascinated by how I could transfer my skills from abstract subjects like astrophysics to solve everyday problems in the public sector.

What do you think are the main reasons why men dominate the IT industry, especially in technical and senior positions?

I believe the disparity largely begins in early-stage education, college, and career choices and affects the pipeline of women entering the industry. There is a lack of evidence female role models that can inspire women to join the tech industry. Generally speaking, people tend to apply without having all the skills in the job description, so I think they need to make more leaps and be careful with the wording used in the job description, which also drives change.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career?

As daunting as it may seem, things can change.

When I joined Methods Analytics, I was asked to build a data science capability that sets standards and best practices for how we work. At first I thought it was impossible, so I wanted to stay in my comfort zone. I didn’t understand why people should listen to newbies and change their habits. However, I decided to change my perspective and take on the challenge. I started small, trying to understand the reasons behind how people work, and built up from there. Ultimately, we were able to see a data science team form, incorporating best practices into their day-to-day operations.

What are your three key tips for women looking to launch a career in IT? / What advice would you give to a young woman aspiring to a leadership role?

First, don’t be afraid to ask questions and voice your opinion. Facts often emerge from a particular perspective, perhaps influenced by conventional processes and lack of diversity. A fresh perspective helps you see things differently and find creative solutions to difficult problems.

Second, learn from your mistakes. If you don’t try, you won’t know if it was a rewarding experience and you might regret not going. Failure is part of the learning process and can be a powerful tool for advancing your career.

Finally, create your own network. Building strong relationships can increase your visibility and position you as a potential leader. Invest time in engaging with a wide range of people in your environment so they can get to know you.

https://www.computing.co.uk/sponsored/4060313/daunting-change-interview-methods-analytics-felicia-ziparo An interview with Felicia Ziparo of Methods Analytics

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