Today, we have a special guest at Avenga Career Stories, Pavlo Kopytsya, a Senior Data Engineer at Avenga. He has dedicated over a decade to his career at Avenga, being a driving force in our team, right at the heart of the effort to launch our Cherkasy office. There are many things to discuss with Pavlo, and we‘ll try to cherry-pick the most exciting ones.
Pavlo, you’ve been working in the tech field since the early 90s – tell us about your path to IT. Back then, it might not have even been called IT.
Of course, in those days, we didn’t really use the term “IT.” In 1992, I started as a programmer at a technical patent library. The place was called “Department of Computerization and Automatization,” and IT wasn’t a buzzword. There, I got into working with databases, which shaped my future IT journey, from pre-SQL to my first experience with SQL in 1994.
Later on, I gave lectures at Cherkasy State Technical University, where I diligently spent almost 17 years in departments related to information technologies and computer security. I enjoyed interacting with the youth. Working alongside them, you keep yourself feeling young as well.
Over time, I began to think about shifting to an IT field. The main driving force behind this decision was my 1.5-year-old son. So, during childcare leave, I began to work for an IT company that eventually evolved into Avenga.
What did the IT industry of the 90s look like?
Back then, the concept of an IT company, modern software development processes, or IT projects didn’t exist. It was a mix of government involvement and, let’s say, amateur efforts.
IT in the 90s implied only a handful of specialists available, and the concept of subject-matter experts hardly existed. Most of them had switched careers, often coming from engineering, mechanics, or electronics backgrounds. My generation, which began in the late 80s, was among the first true IT professionals in the field.