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The job market is one area that is heavily reliant on understanding natural language. Employers post jobs online, and seekers post their resumes online, and there are millions of resumes and millions of jobs out there. Monster’s goal is to help both seekers and employers quickly sort through all those millions, to help workers find the jobs that suit them best, and to help employers find the best-suited candidates. As a French Knowledge Engineer in this endeavor, my role is to facilitate the online communication by identifying the qualifications, skills and abilities that are being discussed regardless of the particular language the seeker or employer might have chosen to express them. In other words, using a variety of tools, programming methods, my linguistic expertise and life experience, we move away from form into substance. If I was both a language and HR specialist when I started, I had to learn everything from the technical standpoint (proprietary programming language, data analysis, structure and extraction tools – SQL-, text annotation, regular expressions and so on…) so I can support my colleague developers in their endeavors to improve our products, mainly using artificial intelligence, big data analysis and language processing tools and techniques. 5. What do you love most about your job? Ultimately, the feeling of achievement knowing that my work helps people find jobs that suit them by using a unique combination of language and technical skills, which is both personally and intellectually challenging and nourishing. 6. What advice do you have for students going into STEM fields? Work hard and use your full intellectual and emotional potential, your understanding of the world and your way of solving its challenges is valuable. 7. What specific advice do you have for females going into the field? To paraphrase the famous song, this has been a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl. Being that woman is one of our assets. We have to play to our strengths, be open-minded and whether we prefer to broaden or deepen our knowledge, continuously learn. 8. What qualities should students thinking about pursuing a STEM career have in order to be successful? Some challenges are stubborn and what we know today is only the foundation of tomorrow’s scientific truth so in my opinion, to pursue a STEM career, perseverance and open-mindedness are keys to success. 9. What’s it like being a successful woman in a male-dominated field? Any advice? Both in my office and in the experts group I am part of, there is gender equality, so I consider myself lucky and wish it will soon become a standard across all industries, in particulars in the STEM field where the gender disparity is huge. 10. What do you think the solution is to get more females in STEM fields? I think a shift in the perspective and in the way advocacy is implemented are both necessary. The first step would be to offer more scholarships supporting women who pursue degrees in STEM. Then, when the gender gap starts to diminish, role models should be advertised not only as women in STEM but more importantly as successful professionals/experts/managers in STEM with no mention of gender as if it were a given and considered the normal, or usual, state of affairs. If you have a question for our featured woman in STEM, Cecile Ramombordes, send an email to ask Cecile your question today.
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