I hated math passionately. My background is in humanities and if anyone would have told me that I would have to use math on a day-to-day basis, I would have said they're absolutely insane. But I think I've always had a problem-solving inclination and it just became a means to an end in solving all of my curious questions.
You're listening to the Still Curious Podcast with me, Danu Poyner. My guest today is Cristina Huidiu who designs and prototypes integration solutions with Elsevier and has previously been a technical product specialist, product trainer and librarian.
Cristina is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In today's episode, we discuss Cris' love of problem-solving, her journey from humanities background to becoming a data analyst, and the importance of communication and soft skills when working on technical projects.
A lot of it comes from listening first and asking questions after and trying to figure out how people really use that particular technology. Knowing how to ask questions is probably a better skill, than knowing very advanced computer programming languages.
We talk about growing up in Romania, building a chat bot system, using natural language processing, and how an unfortunately timed server crash meant losing everything.
I spent probably a month on really nothing to show because it just literally did not exist anymore.
We also go into Chris's thoughts on humanising technology , why some really tedious sounding things are boring and why some aren't, and Cris' very practical approach to learning technical things.
Why would I spend a week or two trying to figure something out when someone else surely has done it before. I could have spent that time doing something else.
I really enjoyed. Chris's very modest, pragmatic, and down to earth takes on all manner of topics. I hope you will too. It's Cristina Huidiu coming up after the music on today's episode of the Still Curious Podcast.
Hi Cris, an absolute pleasure to have you on the podcast. How are you?