To make medical research smarter and faster and build top-notch products to support decentralized clinical trials, we pay close attention to diversity & inclusion in Castor’s Product and Engineering teams. Therefore, we’re launching the Castor D&I interview series, where Castorian women in technology share their experiences and thoughts on making the workplace more inclusive.
When you were little, who did you aspire to become when you grew up?
I was going to become a Medical Doctor when I grew up, so I could heal people. I remember going to the hospital and being fascinated by the fact that people could actually solve my pain. My interest in healthcare always remained, but a new passion also came by, and it was engineering. When I had to choose the education path, I felt that the technology was more appealing and decided to take a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
What got you interested in technology?
From a young age, I was interested in tech and how it evolved over time. I remember being a teenager and reading magazines about the newest version of laptops and updates on other technologies in the field. It is impressive what great impact technology has on so many different areas in our life!
What is it like to be a woman working in technology for you?
When I started my Master’s Degree in an Engineering School back in Portugal, there were not that many girls, but this has clearly changed over time. When I graduated, I could see more women applying, which is a positive sign. I am very proud of my career, but I struggled initially, not being taken as seriously as my male peers.
Tell us about your current role at Castor and the most exciting part of your work?
I’m a QA Tester at Castor. For me, the most exciting thing is to be part of a project that will have a real impact on people’s lives. Regarding what I do at Castor, I like to think of myself as a ‘bug hunter.’ I make sure we have the best product possible to deliver to our customers and make a bigger and better impact on the world of medical research.
Are there any initiatives at Castor which make a positive impact on the workplace being more diverse and inclusive?
I think Castor does a fantastic job in encouraging inclusion and diversity, and it’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most since I started to work here. There is a place for everyone and each opinion. It brings a very friendly work environment, where people are open, and everyone feels free and accepted to express their thoughts and views.
If you could look back five years and speak to your younger self, what advice about a career in technology would you give?
I think the best advice is: trust the process and trust in your competence. It’s advice for a lifetime and everyone.
To wrap things up, can you share a fun fact about yourself?
If I am too stressed about something, you can find me in the kitchen, preparing some meals. There is nothing more relaxing than cooking for me!