Hello Raffaele and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Let's start with your background, could you tell me about your background, please?
I studied engineering master's degree in Milan, the technical including engineering, then added a Ph.D. in Physics at UCL. Following that, I worked for a few years at the University of Birmingham as a research fellow in quantum technology, basically applied physics. However, then I decided to change my career. That's why I've been looking for data science or engineering opportunities.
I didn't have professional experience in data science or anything tech-related. My experience was in other kinds of jobs.
How did you find out about this program of Turing Talent?
I saw it on LinkedIn, from LinkedIn jobs.
What were your expectations from this leadership program?
I wasn't sure, but I had a chat with your representatives. After that, I got an idea of how it goes. It was about pairing and getting some perspective and knowledge on a sector. However, I wasn't sure what to expect on the technical side. You know that depending on what you do, you might find more or less technical expertise where I did learn a lot about the area I'm working on. And also, there were some meetings or events and a couple of seminars, which I didn't know about. So, that was a pleasant surprise because they were both valuable and admirable.
That's great to hear! What projects did you build/work on during your internship?
I've been working on a research project concerning fundraising data, mostly in private like venture capital, and researching its allocation. If there are factors in the applicants that can influence social background, ethnicity, and gender, it is over portrayal.
Which technologies did you use?
I've been using mostly Python and some database languages such as SQL MySQL.
What qualities did you gain during the leadership program?
I had to do a lot of the technical part, which I'm not a stranger to because that's something we do while working in research. It was good to learn numerous things such as data, databases, and data pipelines. Moreover, I learned about the fundraising and independent financial capital market and some staggering statistics and facts about how money is distributed.
How did the leadership program contribute to your long-term career goals?
I'm in talks now with the company; hopefully, I'll be staying on. And that was what we were talking about. So that basic program has contributed substantially to getting started if that was the case.
What do you say to people considering joining the leadership program of Turing Talent?
I recommend it because everyone I've been talking to is lovely and very helpful. There is no catch. It's straightforward and fun! Finding a worthy and good company from a social point of view can be a good choice. Also, you can find someone who has an excellent idea! It can have a tremendous impact on you.
Thank you, Raffaele, for sharing your genuinely inspiring journey in tech.
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