This year, Amdaris is a Gold Partner of Tech Women Moldova (TWM), a public association that is dedicated to attracting, supporting and empowering women in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Starting mid-May, Tech Women Moldova is hosting a three-month mentoring programme, which will be run by 18 mentors, including four of our talented Amdaris QA Engineers: Natalia Bodrug, Dina Gritco, Maria Sahaidac and Natalia Nezalzov.
In this blog series, we catch up with each of them to find out about their journeys into tech and why they decided to become mentors.
Meet Dina Gritco
How long have you worked in tech?
I’ve been working as a QA Engineer for over two years. Before that, I worked as a Front-end Developer for six months.
How did you get into a career in tech?
When I was on maternity leave I went to a career fair where I learned about a course intended for women on the Codifun website, which I found interesting. I decided to study Front-end and, after the course, became a Front-end Developer.
I worked as a Front-end Developer for six months before the project stopped being financed by the client. While I was looking for another job, I took some QA courses so that I could understand how the testing process worked as well as the development. In class, I realised that I like what a QA does; I enjoy analysing different situations and writing test cases. So, after the courses, I got a job as a QA and haven’t looked back.
When you were younger did you have any female role models in tech?
No! When I was younger I didn’t think I’d ever work in IT.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by my husband and female friends who always support me when I want to learn something new or make a change in my life. Throughout my professional career as a QA Engineer, I have been very supported by my friend Natalia, who is another of the Amdaris mentors. She has always been there to listen and help me in everything I do.
Why did you choose to take part in the Tech Women Moldova mentoring programme?
I decided to participate in the mentoring programme because I am interested in what being a mentor is like and I wanted to help other women to grow their careers in tech. I am excited to share the knowledge I have gained so far.
What does your impossible look like when it comes to Women in Tech?
Nothing is impossible. We can get everything we want, we just have to be ambitious.
Are you feeling inspired by Dina’s story and looking to make your first steps in a career in tech? If so, apply to our Amdaris internship programme today.
We hope you are enjoying our ‘Meet the Mentors’ series. If you missed the Q&A with our first mentor Natalia Bodrug, then you can read it here. Follow along to meet our final two mentors Natalia Nezalzov and Maria Sahaidac in future posts.