This is part of a new initiative featuring the women of Tempo, where we tell their stories and learn more about the paths that have led them to where they are now, and to see what they think about the future of tech — and for women in tech, generally.
"I have always been interested in machines, physics and math. When Computers started to become a household article, I became curious about them. The Crash here in Iceland pushed me to pursue this interest."
Next on the list of our Women of Tempo is none other than our beloved Susanne Barbara Götz. Originally born in Dudweiler, Germany, she immigrated to Iceland in 1989 and quickly met her future husband. Today she’s been living in Iceland for just over 26 years, and currently resides with her husband and three children in Reykjavík. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, reading good books, travelling, and watching old movies. Susanne is also interested in issues relating to disabled people, especially those with autism.
Susanne enjoying her morning cup of joe
At Tempo, Susanne is an integral part of our Support and QA team. She handles all of our QA and support for Tempo Planner add-on for JIRA. She handles the challenging task of supporting our customers worldwide and helping them out with any problems they're facing. We sat down with Susanne and asked her a few questions about herself, here are her answers:
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Susanne Barbara Götz, I am 49 years old, married and have 3 sons. I work in Support and QA
Previous experience (study and career path) and how you ended up at Tempo?
I have tried quite different Jobs before Tempo. After the Crash in Iceland and loosing my Job as Technical drawer, I decided to go to University and study Software engineering. In my last Semester I worked on a Project for Tempo and started working there in Support and QA after finishing my B.Sc. degree.
What are your interests and what do you do for fun?
I am interested in all kinds of needlework, especially the ones that only few people are able to do. I also like reading, mostly Detective stories (not too bloody).
What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was 2 years old, I wanted to become a dog. As I could never manage to scratch myself with my foot behind my ear, I gave up. Later I wanted to go into engineering, but this didn't happen until a couple of years ago.
What was your first job?
Working in the greenhouses of relations in Austria, growing vegetables.
Why did you want to work in tech? Was there a particular event or a moment when you decided to pursue a career in the tech industry? Any influencers?
I have always been interested in machines, physics and math. When Computers started to become a household article, I became curious about them. The Crash here in Iceland pushed me to pursue this interest.
What were your earliest interactions (memories) with technology?
Taking my alarm clock to pieces when I was 5 years old. I couldn't get it back together again, but I got an idea how it works.
What is your favorite part about working in IT?
Working with something that interests me and with people that have similar interests. Being in contact with users that are using our Products.
What is an average workday like for you?
Big part of my time goes to answering Customer questions, giving them information on how to use our Products or digging down to find the reason for their problems.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
Working in an ever evolving environment.
Overall, how do you think things are for women working in tech right now?
I think in general there are few problems for women in tech here in Iceland.
What has been your biggest challenge as a woman in tech?
For me, there has not been any real challenge. The biggest challenge was probably starting at University when over 40 years of age.
What is your biggest success up until now, career-wise?
Getting a job straight after finishing my BS in Software engineering, even though there were a lot of younger students finishing at the same time.
Aside from technical skills, what other skills do you feel are important to have if a woman is interested in working in technology?
Having some "People-skills" and trust in their own abilities.
What advice would you give to others interested in pursuing a career in tech?
If this is what you want to do, go for it!
How do you see the future of women in tech?
Hopefully there will be more women in tech.
Who is your hero?
University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?
Combination of both. University can only teach you the basics, the real experience and challenges are somewhere out there.
Behind the Ice cream shop, newly arrived with the Silver Rocket Train.
The best part of waking up is?
Starting a new day and everything that comes with it!
We thank Susanne sincerely for her time. Stay tuned for more!