Why did you decide to work in tech?
It wasn’t really a decision I made. I more ended up there (but I love it!). I’ve always had an interest in mathematics since I was a kid. After high school, I knew I wanted to go to the university, but not exactly which program. Due to my interest in mathematics, I chose the program Engineering Mathematics and Computational Science, including a Master of Science. During those five years, my interest in technology increased a lot, and I knew I had made the right decision with my studies. After my graduation, I started to work as a consultant in technology.
How can you describe your current role? What’s your responsibility area?
I’m a consultant at Sigma Technology Insights. Currently, I have an assignment with E-mobility, working with the development of electric trucks. My responsibility is to, together with my team, develop the functionality of the batteries in the electric trucks. It’s more complex than you might think. I think it’s really interesting! Also, I’m a Scrum Master in my team, which means I have some further responsibilities such as facilitating Scrum meetings for the team, making sure the team follows the Scrum way of working, making sure everyone in the team is feeling good, and support the product owner with overviewing our ongoing and coming work.
What career plans do you have for the future, and how do you see your further professional development?
I don’t have a clear way forward in my career. The most important for me is that I enjoy what I’m currently doing and that I’m developing, both professionally and personally. I’m really happy to be part of the Sigma family, and I enjoy my assignment. For me, it’s also important that I “do good” for people and/or the environment. In my current assignment, for example, I work to reduce the emissions from trucks.
What can you advise for women just entering the tech?
Give it time! The more you learn, the more interesting it gets. There have been so many occasions when things have felt overwhelming for me at first, but by just keeping going, you’ll learn. For example, I had never tried programming when I started university. I thought the first course was impossible, and I had to take three exams to complete the course. At the end of my education, I knew several programming languages, and it was definitely something that I wanted to work with.
Believe in yourself and keep going!