A knowledge scientist touting extra ladies inclusivity within the subject

By Diana Elinam

Dar es Salaam. Data science is one subject that has a vivid gender hole. This is a results of so many various elements together with demotivation, lack of help and discouragement of aspiring feminine scientists, to say a number of. The Citizen Rising girl spoke to Julia Seifert a analysis advisor at FSDT (Financial Sector Deepening Trust) whose ardour for information science has made her garner recognition as among the best specialists within the subject.

Her first journey away from her dwelling village of Zella-Mehlis in Germany was to Northern Uganda – this was previous to shifting to Tanzania. In Uganda she did social service as a volunteer with the German Development cooperation in a Vocational coaching institute. The expertise right here was full of so many classes and so many first-time experiences. For the primary time Julia was uncovered to faith, one thing she had not recognized regardless of of being born after socialism in Eastern Germany.

Julia finally returned dwelling to pursue a twin bachelor diploma in Arts Cultural Anthropology and research of Religion in Georg-August University Gottingen, Germany, throughout her endeavor she did change semester on the Tumaini University of Iringa, Tanzania. This wouldn’t be her first time in Tanzania, earlier than she left for Germany whereas in Uganda Julia mentioned she had visited Tanzania as a vacationer and the language barrier made her miss her returning bus that left at eight am whereas she waited for it till 2 pm.

Pursuing of this diploma was not one thing Julia’s father discovered intriguing however to an extent he understood Julia’s ardour and her curiosity to study extra, Julia’s father is a mathematician and knew that Julia was good with sciences and wished her to do sciences however finally he understood and supported her. Julia’s father’s encouragement got here extra strongly as a result of he had additionally skilled a denial of learning alternative when he wished to pursue cartography nevertheless it was inconceivable because of the occasions then.

Upon her return to Tanzania on a semester change, she accomplished her diploma after which proceeded to do her internship in social providers on the district. During this time Julia realized in-depth and labored in a number of areas within the districts together with the village.

Julia then bought a chance to pursue her masters on the University of Kent within the UK the place she pursued Masters of Arts in worldwide battle evaluation.


She finally graduated in 2014 and through her commencement the chancellor of the University gave a speech and inspired them to use for an internship place to the Ipsos group wherever globally. Julia’s expertise in Tanzania made her need to return and he or she subsequently appeared up for Ipsos Tanzania, utilized and scored an internship with Ipsos which is a analysis agency in Tanzania.

Julia arrived at Ipsos in Dar es Salaam, labored for three months and he or she mentioned that she had an amazing expertise and welcoming mentors which inspired her to present her all and luckily on the finish of the three months she was invited to come back again as an worker. At Ipsos, Julia mentioned she labored as an assistant in information processing and finally bought promoted to develop into an government in information processing and this place absolutely uncovered her to completely working with numbers.

Julia continued working as an government for Data extracting and till she grew to become a Research government, regardless of of the change Julia nonetheless bought concerned in information evaluation. Julia then moved to FSDT as a analysis advisor and on this she says, “The work I do at FSDT makes me feel fulfilled because my work is very impactful and it allows for a collaborative partnership. At FSDT we use data to advise in different sectors, what I really like is that we use evidence for any advice we give”.

Regarding information Julia says, “Data itself is not useful or informative, once you have data you have to be able to analyze and tell a story so you can link it with a realty. Tanzania is so rich in Data, but we want to be able to provide the information from the data. Data-insight and information. To be able to analyze data one has to be keen at the sector they work in, listen to the people and generate evidence”.

About ladies and science, Julia highlighted the Women in Science occasion that normally takes place on 11th February, worldwide and that Tanzania acknowledges and celebrates as effectively. Julia says these engagements are key, as a result of aspiring younger feminine scientists get to observe and listen to from their position fashions and now have a chance to have interaction in science and try it out. She emphasizes that ladies needs to be concerned within the information sector to weed out the underlying biasness.

She advices ladies to get into information science as a result of this sector boosts confidence. She says, “Most people assume and dismiss women claiming they speak emotionally but if women hold facts in form of data, they will have proof to back up their words”.

On trusting her talents within the subject, she says; “I have never for a second doubted myself in this field, if you always believe in yourself regardless of who you are eventually you become successful. It is easier for a person especially a woman to get frustrated in the things we do but the most important part is for one to Focus on what they do and aim to separate professional life with personal life”.

As she continues with the dialogue Julia factors out that information science is just not at all times a easy journey, challenges come particularly throughout information communication: Julia says, “People have personal perception and sometimes during communication it can go against one’s perception and assumptions. This is a challenge faced by most data scientists but a well-built argument which is solid, assuring and valid with no doubts surrounding it alters this”. To keep away from challenges Julia provides that on this subject it’s so necessary for one to be eager on how the knowledge is delivered in order that the purpose is heard, this goes hand in hand with staff work, you will need to work in a staff and focus on with colleagues.

Julia says her greatest achievement is to have the ability to contribute in each the personal and public sector with impactful details and this was made doable together with her nice supervisors, “I have male and female supervisors who are very instrumental to my achievement and if I did not have this support system I would not have achieved much of what I have and still are achieving. It is very important for one to have mentors and seniors who can support them,” she provides.

Apart from work Julia says she feels at dwelling in Dar Es Salaam and in Tanzania. Overtime she has gained pals by way of colleagues who’ve turned to be household. Also, by way of social teams Julia has expanded her community, she says, studying Swahili has been a key catalyst to the enlargement of her community and it is useful for her work.

She ends the interview by saying, “Data Scientists and analysts fail to connect with reality because people tend to forget there is life to be lived. People fail to integrate well socially, focus is great but people need to choose other activities to dwell into so that they can expand their soft skills, knowledge and network”.


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