Isabel Portugal

Isabel Portugal

Profile

Time in tech 3 years
Current role Data Scientist
Place of origin Portugal

Tell us more about you:

Early years and where you came from?

I have always been torn between two passions: technology and business. One gives you the ability to create. The other the ability to fund, distribute and, let’s be honest, profit from the outcome of the first one. I studied economics and business intelligence/analytics. I also develop and work in tech to find solutions so I can make things smarter. And I’ve been doing it for 3 years now.

How were you introduced to the world of the Portuguese tech industry?

I started going to meetups about Agile and Data Science and I’ve also participated in events like PixelsCamp and WebSummit.

Walk me through your work and what you are doing now in the tech industry.

I am working now at Veniam where I’ve been testing hypotheses, building predictive models and helping stakeholders make better data-driven decisions.

What part of what you do, you love the most?

Making an impact on how things work by find solutions to make it smarter.

How do you think that your background and knowledge impact the way you approach your work in the Portuguese tech industry?

I am working in tech while having no degree in Engineering, but one in Economics. I’ve been told that that’s quite inspiring for the community and more people should hear my story and be encouraged to take more risks in what they believe that would make them happier.

What advice do you have for young women that want to get into tech and don’t know where to start?

Go to meetups and build your network. Do workshops and online courses. Don’t just think about it but take action.

Walk me through a day in your life as a Portuguese women in tech.

Struggling to make everyone realize that we are treated differently and that I want to be treated the same as them. I want to have the same respect and same responsibilities.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go”

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

R, Python, MySQL

Anything else you want to share?

Thank you for stepping up and encourage us to do the same :)