Hi, my name is Nina. I am from Kyiv, Ukraine. Back in school, I loved to travel and write stories. My teachers kept saying that working with information materials would be the right job for me.

After school, I had no idea what I wanted to do, that is why I started to learn languages. It was popular then. I have written my diploma on the moving image semiology (how we perceive audio-visual information). At one point, I got so passionate about the subject that I decided to continue my studies in the Faculty of TV Production at the Karpenko-Kary Theatre Institute. I have been working with multimedia content for more than 20 years (TV shows, educational films, training videos). I produced projects for MTV, the United Nations and other international organizations and companies.

But the Internet was gradually taking the place of television and I began to feel the lack of technical knowledge to work with the new, interactive content.

Around that moment, we moved to Canada. I hoped to find a job easily with my rich portfolio of international projects. However, Canadian companies did not hurry to recognize my education and job experience. Then, I realized that relocation to Canada was probably not the right choice to travel the world. But I did not plan on giving up: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

I found some opportunities to study and entered college at the Faculty of Programming. After graduation, I started another program, to become a developer of virtual and augmented reality.

Studying after the age of 40 turned out to be much harder than I expected. But thanks to the support of my family and friends, I was able to graduate. I did not change my profile that much – I still work in the field of multimedia projects, but with the addition of new technologies. Technical knowledge came in handy 😊.

I am happy that I have expanded the horizons of the projects I am working on, and the geography of my resume has been replenished with new countries! Also, in Canada I met wonderful people who became my friends, which is a valuable thing for me.