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.
Shortly before I started working as a software tester I met a guy who had become a millionaire from making a computer game. The game was neither clever nor impressive and the graphics were very basic. I thought to myself: "I'm in the wrong line of work!"
She likes to sing, dance, and sleep. She is Heiða, one of Tempo's QA and software testers. Also known as Bara Heiða (e. Just Heiða) - that's her stage name. When she's not busy testing Tempo products and making sure that the quality is excellent for our users and customers, she is a mother, belly dancer (double champion of Iceland), and a performer - enjoying life to the fullest. We love Heiða for her smile, jokes, and her outgoing personality. Lets get to know Heiða better. Here you can listen to her music - available for streaming, download or purchase. Plus, see the music video below.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Name: Heiða Dóra Jónsdóttir
Age: 33 years
Family: Son aged 5 named Askur (currently only responds to Batman)
Work title: QA and Software Tester
Previous experience (study and career path) and how you ended up at Tempo?
I have a B.A in Psychology and M.Sc. in Economics. After my studies I did an economic study for a medical company, Risk Medical Solutions, who developed medical software. I acquired a CE license (Conformité Européenne) for the software the company developed and made sure that the relevant ISO standards were met. I also implemented a quality management system for them. After that, I was hired as a software tester and started doing QA (Quality Assurance) and Testing, first for Five Degrees and now for Tempo.
What are your interests and what do you do for fun?
I find that fun has more to do with state of mind. My hobby is to make and play music, and also dance, I like to dance.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was 6 years old I wanted to be a nun and a ballerina, and I also wanted to have 6 children. I didn't realize that these three things were most likely mutually exclusive.
What was your first job?
I worked at a restaurant my grandparents owned. I would bake pizzas and clean dishes in the kitchen with my cousin from a very young age.
What were your earliest interactions (memories) with technology?
I use to fall asleep listening to the ticking of a small table clock pressed against my ear.
What is your favorite part about working in IT?
It's stimulating for the mind and the work environment is peaceful. I enjoy the work and when I'm not working, I enjoy the people I work with.
What is an average workday like for you?
What is your favorite thing about your career?
The money. -But jokes aside, I love my job and the people I work with. I also like the structure that comes with a regular job and the cantina.
Overall, how do you think things are for women working in tech right now?
What has been your biggest challenge as a woman in tech?
Getting to the office before 9 am.
What is your biggest success up until now, career-wise?
Once I was a speaker, at a large ophthalmology conference, presenting the results of an economic analysis I did of medical software. Coincidentally I knew the answer to every question asked. It probably helped to be the only person there with any knowledge of Economics. Best. Day. Ever.
Aside from technical skills, what other skills do you feel are important to have if a woman is interested in working in technology?
What advice would you give to others interested in pursuing a career in tech?
Go for it!
How do you see the future of women in tech?
I hope we will have more of them.
Who is your hero?
University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?
University to get a job.
Job experience for job.
Life experience for life.
You must mean where's Wenda?
The best part of waking up is?
Realizing it is the weekend and going back to sleep.
Thank you Heiða for your time. Who is next? Stay tuned for more!