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Interview: Anita Durakovič

Interview: Anita Durakovič

Anita Durakovič is a graduate and Master's student of Social Informatics. As a student, she started working at Petrol d.d., where she is still employed as a data scientist.  

How do you remember your time at The Faculty of Social Sciences?

My memories of my studies at the FDV are mostly positive. I remember the coffees and debates with my colleagues, and of course all the exams, lectures and colloquia, which are less pleasant for students. Nevertheless, I can conclude that I have fond memories of the FDV. In the last two years, although socialising among colleagues has been curtailed due to the pandemic, I can still say that my studies have gone smoothly.

How has FDV contributed to your career success?

I started my career at Petrol, d.d., Ljubljana as a second year student of the first cycle of the Social Informatics degree. I got to my current job on the recommendation of a professor at FDV, for which I am still very grateful to her. So I can say that the FDV has had a full influence on the start of my career path. In addition, the FDV provided me with all the relevant knowledge, skills and competences that I still use in my daily work. 

What advice would you give to students of the FDV?

My advice to students at the FDV is to follow their goals and overcome every obstacle that comes their way, both in their studies and in life. Short but sweet: don't give up, it's worth it in the end. 

Are there any tricks to improve employability?

I don't know of any tricks, but I do know that it is important to have as many competences and experiences up your sleeve as possible, both during and alongside your studies. You can also improve your chances of getting a job these days by preparing a good CV, which the FDV can help you with at the start of your career. For me, I have always stuck to the principle of "be who you are". 

What are the current trends in your profession?

In my profession, we are seeing a trend towards digitising and optimising business processes. We follow the trends by trying to automate as many processes as possible to make the work of other employees easier. In my advanced analytics team, we are mainly working on predictive models, which have been key factors or decision-makers in making important business decisions for the last few years. Predictive models in particular are a new trend that some companies are struggling to get to grips with, but it is important that they do not shy away from them, but rather "adopt" them as they will help them in their business decisions. 

Why is social science important?

There are many reasons why social science is important. One of the reasons I repeat in my head every day is that through social science we give meaning to numbers. So a number is not just a numerical representation of a certain situation, but we are able to define it and interpret it with the help of social science knowledge. On the other hand, social science is also important because we are able to sketch out the bigger picture of a problem that may be influenced by several factors, to place such a problem in a social science setting and to investigate everything that may have an impact on the actual situation. Social science is therefore important because it gives us a broader picture of a specific problem or situation.

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