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.
My favorite parts are the flexible working hours and that I can work from anywhere. Also the products in the tech industry are typically fast growing so everyday is different.
It's time to continue our storytelling about the women of Tempo. Some might say it's long overdue (and we agree) - next up is Sonja, a software engineer in the Tempo Planner team. She's been part of the Tempo team since her studies back in 2013, starting in the UX team developing prototypes and moving to the Planner team upon graduation. She's fluent in German, English, and Icelandic as well as several programming languages. Within Tempo, Sonja is known for her sporty side and enchanting personality. Ideally, she would be sitting on an exotic beach somewhere enjoying an ice cream while reading a good book.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Sonja and I'm 24 years old. I have two siblings, aged 13 and 10, all born in Germany where I lived for 14 years before moving to Iceland. I graduated from the University of Iceland in 2014 with a degree in Software Engineering. I am now working at Tempo as a software developer.
Previous experience (study and career path) and how you ended up at Tempo?
I studied Software Engineering at the University of Iceland and joined Tempo after starting as an intern along with my studies.
What are your interests and what do you do for fun?
I love reading, hanging out with my friends, baking and travelling. I also like to exercise; my newest passion is Pole Fitness.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
What was your first job?
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?
One reason is good job prospects and I wanted to learn how to program. What sparked my interest in studying programming was a presentation given by Computer Science students at my high school about the field. One of the female students said that this was not only for men and that there was a female shortage. Before that I thought only men studied computer science and that inspired me to go ahead and sign up.
What is your favorite part about working in IT?
The flexible working hours and that I can work from anywhere. Also the products in the tech industry are typically fast growing so everyday is different.
Overall, how do you think things are for women working in tech right now?
Improving, for example there is a group in Iceland called Women in Tech that hosts regular meetings where they discuss the current situation and what can be done to attract more women.
Aside from technical skills, what other skills do you feel are important to have if a woman is interested in working in technology?
Being a team player, critical thinking, and the desire to be constantly learning something new.
What advice would you give to others interested in pursuing a career in tech?
Believe in yourself and don't be afraid to share your ideas. Spend time to stay up to date with the newest technology because this is a very dynamic field of work.
University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?
The best part of waking up is?
Starting a new day.
Thank you Sonja for your time. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories from the women of Tempo!