Could you tell me a bit about your background?
Hello! I’m Paulina. I am a psychologist and linguist who was working in the HR area for a few years, and ended up working in HR technology. In my last role I worked as a pre-sales and HCM consultant with SAP SuccessFactors. I am currently on the search for a new exciting role 😊
How did you get into tech? What made you choose it?
There was a moment in my career when I started to feel a bit stagnant and was looking for a dynamic industry. I got interested in tech, by talking to acquaintances and having learned how many opportunities there are in tech and how innovative this industry is. Also, that tech is full of successful girls and women!
What personal or professional milestones would you highlight?
I think on of most remarkable events and decisions were when I decided to live in different countries.
I first decided to take part in the Erasmus exchange in Spain. I had to go back to finish my master studies back in Poland but after that moved back to Barcelona and then found a job in Madrid where I stayed for a year. Next place happened to be London, where I am still living now. These have been amazing personal and professional experiences, where I have met people form all over the world and been able to experience working and living with people from different countries.
Making a change in my career into an industry and roles which were an unfamiliar terrain to me have also been quite a big milestone for me. Thanks to this decision I came out of my comfort zone and saw how much I am capable of even when thrown into the deep water.
What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
To not to be afraid to take more risk! Now I truly believe that we will regret the things we haven’t tried rather the ones that we failed at!
Do you regret not having done something today for not finding time?
There are many things I wish I would have done. There is still time, I believe to do at least some of them!
What books and podcasts do you recommend reading and listening to and why?
I have recently caught up with my reading and red two good books Becoming by Michele Obama and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, the former COO of Facebook. Both very impressive ladies, with Sheryl being more connected to the tech area.
Who is your role model?
I would say Marie Curie. But together with her I admire women who had the courage and put in the hard work to break into areas which were reserved for men, including the tech area and leadership positions.
How did you get into Girls in Tech and what made you do that?
I volunteered at an event in Poland organised by another group which promotes women in tech and felt very inspired to join a similar group here in London. The group is fantastic, with energetic and interesting people and initiatives.
After so many years of being in STEM field, what do you think about diversity and inclusion in sector?
I am quite new to the filed but definitely the field is becoming more and more diverse and perhaps has the potential to be one of most diverse industries.
What advice would you give to a person who wants to get into tech?
To try it! There is many things one can do in tech so many people can find something for themselves.