As part of our Women in Tech series, today we have the pleasure of meeting Anna Arshinova, a software engineer based in the U.S. and originally from Russia. Anna has a very interesting story to share, and she’s got great tips and advice for navigating a career in tech working abroad, and for those making a career change to tech.
Can you tell us a little bit about your career path?
I’m originally from Russia, which is where I was born and where I studied Applied Mathematics. Through my university’s partnership with the Polytechnic University of Milan, I moved to Como, Italy where I was able to continue my studies, and where I eventually found work as a software engineer. I wanted to explore other countries in Europe, so I applied to several companies and finally was offered a job in France, where I worked for seven years. Right now, I’m in the United States where I moved with my husband, who’s also a software engineer. It was our dream to work in the United States, especially in San Francisco, which I once heard described as the “Disneyland for Software Engineers.” So, that’s why we’re here.
What made you decide to pursue a career in software engineering?
One thing that I like about software engineering is the fact that you can see the immediate result of what you’re doing and how the application you are working on will be useful to people. This is a great feeling. At one point in my career, I had the chance to move in the direction of business analysis, but in the end, I decided to continue with software engineering.
Do you feel that women have the same opportunities as men in the tech world?
I think that the opportunities are the same, but women can encounter more obstacles along

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