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Mihaela Gaman on Her Unconventional Path to Data Science
Three years ago, Mihaela Gaman was searching for a job as a data scientist. The only problem? She had no formal experience in the field. But with a little persistence and some creative thinking, she eventually landed her dream job at CrowdStrike.
In this installment of 5 Questions, we sit down with Mihaela to talk about her journey to becoming a data scientist and what she’s learned since joining CrowdStrike.
Q. Tell me about how you came to CrowdStrike because I’ve heard it’s a bit unconventional.
I showed her my research papers and everything that I did on my own. It’s a testament to what a great recruiter she was because she was open-minded enough to hear me out. After we spoke, she had a feeling that I might be a good fit for the data science team even though I didn’t have the traditional experience.
Long story short, I interviewed with the team and now I’m here. I was really happy that CrowdStrike gave me the opportunity to get my foot in the door of such an exciting industry.
Q. What do you do as a data scientist?
It’s a machine-learning model, an automated brain, that’s looking at huge amounts of data. It sees how malware looks in a lot of setups and then takes that information and learns how to detect malware in the future. I’m part of the team that helps build those models. More specifically, I’m part of the machine-learning subteam, within CrowdStrike’s interdisciplinary data science team. Our main focus as the machine-learning people on the team is to build intelligent algorithms for malicious activity detection.
Q. What drew you to cybersecurity?
Q. What do you think sets the CrowdStrike culture apart from other companies you worked for?
Also, when I say leadership, it’s not really about a title or a level. It’s a quality that you bring to your position. So, that particular element of leadership, and that everyone is expected to be a leader in their own right, is what I most enjoy about working here.
Q. CrowdStrike Romania has grown a lot since you’ve joined. How do you feel you’ve grown in your time at CrowdStrike?
As for me personally, before CrowdStrike, I worked in a lot of other industries. And of course I learned a lot in each of those roles. But from a technical standpoint, I grew more here in the past year than I did in five years at other companies. Part of that is because there are a lot of new and emerging technologies that we use here that other companies do not. We’re always changing things up. We’re always trying to do the latest and best thing. We’re not afraid to try new technologies and do things differently. So the team is always learning.
But there’s also a lot that comes from the people that I work with. Everyone comes from such different backgrounds, and I learn a lot from working with them. That’s what makes CrowdStrike such a great place to work — we’re a game changer, a leader in the industry, and you learn a lot when you work for the best.
Are you interested in joining CrowdStrike Romania? Browse our job listings to review open positions at CrowdStrike today.
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