Lusine Avanesyan

M.S. in Computer and Information Science ‘06

Why did you choose to study at AUA with a major in Computer and Information Science?

I was not sure whether I would be able to apply to AUA, so I started my master’s degree at Yerevan State University. Fortunately, I was accepted to AUA and ended up gaining a master’s degree from both universities. At AUA, I also obtained a minor in business administration. After graduation, one of my professors, Hovhannes Avoyan, invited me to work in his company, Sourcio, as a junior developer. I worked there for two years, after which I was accepted to Macadamian, a Canadian company where I spent the next twelve years. During my time there,  I gradually  changed my career direction, becoming a .NET developer and, later, a scrum master. Step by step, I changed my profile from a programmer to project manager. The transition went smoothly, and I believe that my leadership and organizational skills contributed to that.

I was a beginner in project management and quickly became proficient. I believe I learned and grew a lot by climbing the career ladder. Three years ago, I changed my profile again. Currently, I am an engineer manager at Picsart. This is much more difficult because my role is to manage both people as well as projects simultaneously. I am part of the management team for the entire company, and my responsibilities are considerable. I can surely state that it is a challenging yet rewarding experience.

What did you gain from AUA, and how does it help you in your career?

AUA completely changed my mindset. It helped me think outside the box and see the bigger picture. Most importantly, AUA helped me to become competitive and ready for challenges. 

How do you think your role makes an impact?

It’s quite challenging to be a mother, housewife, and leader in a big company all at the same time. Still, I know I can be a motivation and role model for a young woman who is nervous about  work-life balance or taking her first steps in her career path. I hope that makes a difference. 

What are your plans for the future?

To be honest, I am ready for more challenges in the future. I want to be a CEO or general manager of a startup. I remember being so afraid of transitioning from project management to engineering, but I overcame that fear. Now, I understand that we are capable of overcoming whatever challenge we face. And I am not going to stop here. 

What advice would you give to young girls pursuing education in tech? How do you envision IT’s progress?

I would tell them to never give up, face the challenges, and work hard to achieve results. 

Based on previous research, Armenia’s IT growth has been exceptional. I believe we will grow five times more in the next five years. It is an exponential growth, and I look forward to seeing  Armenia advance further.