Name: Amanda Björneskog
Workplace: ÅF in Malmö
Studied: Software Engineering at BTH
Active year: 2015 / 2016
Role in DataTjej: Member responsible for the Board
Can you tell us how you ended up at your workplace and what your duties are?
I wrote my bachelor thesis with a friend who got a job at ÅF immediately after graduation. One year after working elsewhere, I got a call from my current manager. Had only heard of ÅF so felt like the right choice to take the job.
Why did you get involved in DataTjej and what role did you have?
During the first year of college I had a very difficult time. For a period of time I completely lost motivation. Then I got a seat at the DataTjej conference in Gothenburg, 2015. All the support I got from the girls on site was very embarrassing. It was also inspiring how talented and ambitious everyone was. I decided to get involved for this very reason, to spread this further to encourage more girls to continue! Because we can if we want to!
I was a member manager. I was allowed to talk and help many members, which were actually some of the most important points for me.
What is your best memory of your time at DataTjej?
Have a lot of nice memories, everything from the fireworks in Gothenburg, to the last evening in Uppsala when we danced the iron. However, I must say that the finest memories are all the laughs I had with the girls I met through Data Girl.
Say three things we didn't know about you / describe you as a character:
I am extremely stubborn, which in many cases is a strength, but have been taught to give in sometimes. You can't always be right.
As a youngster I was out in a lot of singing competitions, toured around Sweden as a 12 year old. The song has always been important to me.
For me, humility is an important trait, but also to show the forefoot. I sometimes think we are all a bit too "Swedish". You can be happy for the sake of others and still perform.
What is the most important thing to consider when coming to a new workplace?
The first important thing I want to highlight is to read about the workplace you are applying for / be offered a job at. Do they have values that match yours? The most important thing to remember, do they care about you as an employee, in other words: do they have collective agreements?
When you get your first job offer you are eager to start and write almost anything because it is so exciting, but my tip is read your agreements! In addition, I think many girls underestimate themselves, do not do it, you are sought after, take for yourself!
Once you get to your new workplace, my tip is to just be open and no matter how clumsy, be yourself. If you have found the right place, the workplace will welcome you with open arms.