Why did you decide to work in the tech industry?
To be honest, this was not the field I expected myself to work in because I didn’t see myself in the outdated stereotype of someone working in tech. It was partly a coincidence, but I’m glad I dared to be curious and choose something that then was new to me, which turned out to be just right! I studied computer and systems sciences, focusing on interaction design, which provided a perfect mix of psychology and technology. It’s a fast-evolving and exciting field to work within, and there is so much to learn about. The future of the tech sector is definitely something I want to be part of.
How can you describe your current role? What’s your responsibility area?
I’m a UX designer and have had various consultancy assignments in different industries – energy, manufacturing, transport… Right now, I’m a part of an agile team working together with UI designers, frontend/backend developers, where we develop different parts of the client’s website to create an excellent customer experience. I work with a lot of things within UX. Thus, I collect requirements from stakeholders, conduct research, create wireframes and prototypes, identify technical constraints, and validate the final service or product with the users to make sure we keep improving. There are a lot of problems to solve and explore from a design perspective, what’s really very interesting!
What career plans do you have for the future, and how do you see your further professional development?
I have plenty of them! There’s a charm in being able to consider various paths early in your career. I don’t necessarily see that I’m leaving the UX area, but I would like to expand my technical skills as well as try out more roles, too. I enjoy being creative, working with others, planning and driving a project from start to finish, and if I dream long-term, I see myself in a leading position at some point.
What can you advise for women just entering the tech?
My advice is to dare just to do it. This area belongs to you as much as everyone else, even though it may sound easier than it is. A piece of more concrete advice is to find an industry colleague to receive support from and be inspired by.