We continue with the Women of Tempo series, an initiative that's very dear to us as it is our wish to tell the stories of our women, what led them to tech, and how they see their future in IT. We hope that their stories motivate other women to give tech a chance and make them believe that anything is possible if you work for it and believe in yourself.
The main reason why I wanted to learn Computer Science is because it opens so many doors regarding your career, the job opportunities are so many - and technology is forever so you are studying something that you can always count on.
We introduce Sigrún Arna, our next tech girl in the blog series. Sigrún came to us as a summer intern in 2014 and has since then given birth to a baby girl, and graduated from Computer Science at Reykjavik University. As an intern, she worked as a Developer for the UX Team and is now a Support Developer. If you want to find out more about Sigrún Arna and her life in tech and at Tempo, keep on reading.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Sigrún Arna and I'm 24 years old. I have a fiancé, an 8 month old daughter, and an Icelandic Sheepdog. I work as a Support Developer for Tempo.
Previous experience (study and career path) and how you ended up at Tempo?
In college I studied social science and after that I worked as a bank clerk for almost one year. A year after I graduated from college I started studying Computer Science at Reykjavík University. The main reason why I wanted to learn Computer Science is because it opens so many doors regarding your career, the job opportunities are so many - and technology is forever so you are studying something that you can always count on.
Before I started my BSc in Computer Science I had never programmed in my life, so I had no idea what I was doing at first. But that's the fun thing, to learn something new from scratch. I ended up at Tempo the summer of 2014 when I was applying for a summer job and was so lucky to get the job! After I graduated in June 2015 I returned to Tempo after maternity leave.
What are your interests and what do you do for fun?
My interests include cycling, hiking, skiing, fishing, music, playing the guitar, eating good food and drinking good wine. For fun I spend time with my friends and family, among enjoying my hobbies.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was younger I wanted to be a cop, and I still do! Hopefully one day I will make that dream come true!
What was your first job?
My first job was a salesperson in a store that sells sporting goods, called Útilíf.
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?
My main influence for working in tech is my fiancé. He's a Software Developer and talks so joyfully about his job, how he's creating something. And I thought that was something I would like to do, to be able to create something that has purpose.
What were your earliest interactions (memories) with technology?
Probably Nintendo NES.
What is your favorite part about working in IT?
Learning and improving my skills every day.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
The flexibility and opportunities.
Aside from technical skills, what other skills do you feel are important to have if a woman is interested in working in technology?
Ambition and open mindedness.
What advice would you give to others interested in pursuing a career in tech?
If you're interested then go for it and don’t be afraid!
How do you see the future of women in tech?
The future is bright for everyone.
University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?
Little bit of both.
The best part of waking up?
New day, new opportunities! … And coffee!