month DataTjej: Anna Montelius

Anna Montelius, of the month DataTjej February 2021

In English below

Nominated by Christina Dahlén: “So heavenly talented and professional girl! She is studying Software Engineering at Linköping University and will do a dissertation this spring. She is ALWAYS helpful, supportive and gives advice when needed. Do you think she has good (best) values ​​and could inspire many girls who want to start coding or make progress in the computer industry! ”

Name: Anna Montelius
Age: 26
Training: Master of Science in Software Engineering, Masters in Large-Scale Software Development

Tips for girls who want to study IT and technology-related subjects:
Dare to look for what you think seems fun despite the skewed gender distribution! I know that many people are discouraged by the fact that technology education is generally so male-dominated, and it's a shame because technology is fantastically fun and stimulating. I feel that in my education there is a strong cohesion among the, relatively few, women who exist, and that offsets a lot for the skewed distribution.

Tell us how you ended up in your education and what you could work on after graduation:
I started a bit of a coincidence in the technology program with an IT focus in high school, and then discovered programming. At first I did not really understand the thing, but when I got to build my own calculator in C #, I understood how fun it actually is to develop, and then decided that I would study further in programming.
After graduating from software engineering, there is extremely much you can do, so much so that it is difficult to summarize. Of course, many become pure software developers, which can mean programming in, for example, web development, security, embedded systems or machine learning. Many become IT consultants, which can also mean that you program, but for example also that you work with management and development processes at IT companies. In the long run, many will be project managers and managers.

Do you have any previous experience of the subject you are studying?
As I said, I had to program some in high school and I read a preparatory course in programming the summer before I would start at university. It was nice to have a little hum about what programming was when I started studying, but after a month or so, the courses I read had already gone through what I could before, and then everything was new.

What is the best thing about your education?
We have had to work a lot in projects where we have had to build software solutions from scratch, sometimes individually and sometimes in groups, and it's super fun. Master of Science programs contain a lot of theoretical courses, but in my education, the theoretical courses have also contained practical elements as we have had to develop actual software solutions to learn the theory. You have often used languages ​​and techniques you have never used before, even though the course is not really about those techniques, so you become like an expert at solving problems with new techniques!

Is there anything you wish you knew before you started studying:
I wish I had known that it is perfectly okay to ask for help when you are stuck with something, I was probably unnecessarily stubborn that I would solve everything myself in the beginning. Software technology is difficult - it is smart to use the resources available at the university in the form of lecturers and the like!

Have you worked with / studied anything else before you started your current education?
I actually first started in the master's engineering program in media technology at Linköping University, but after a year I switched to software technology. I thought that media technology was too focused on graphics, and wanted to read a more general computer education. So it is very easy to regret and change education if you discover that you have made the wrong choice!

Name three things we did not know about you:
I love plants! I probably have over 100 species at home, and when I travel, botanical gardens are at the top of the list of places to visit.
I'm also a big fan of salt. More is more when it comes to salt quite simply.
I lie on my nail mat every day before I go to sleep. It is absolutely wonderful for the body and makes me relaxed enough to be able to fall asleep, tip!

What is your biggest career dream?
I actually do not have a specific career dream, but just strive to always work with something that stimulates me, makes me happy and makes me develop and learn new things. However, I am a little extra interested in software design and architecture, so in the long run it would have been fun to become a software architect, but now immediately after graduation I am eager to work as a developer.

In English

Nominated by Christina Dahlén: “Such a talented and professional girl! She is studying Software Engineering at Linköping University and will do a dissertation this spring. She's ALWAYS helpful, supportive and gives advice when needed. She has good (the best) values ​​and could inspire many girls who want to start coding or make progress in the computer industry! ”

Name: Anna Montelius
Age: 26
Education: Master of Science in Software Engineering, Master in Large-Scale Software Development

Tips for girls who want to study IT and technology-related subjects:
Dare to look for what you think seems fun despite the wry gender distribution! I know that many people are discouraged by the fact that technology education is generally so male-dominated, and it's such a shame because technology is fantastically fun and stimulating. I feel that in my education there is a strong unity among the, relatively few, women who exist, and that offsets a lot for the wry distribution.

Tell us how you ended up in your education and what you could work with after graduation:
I started a bit of a coincidence in the technology program with an IT focus in high school, and then discovered programming. At first I did not really understand the thing, but when I got to build my own calculator in C #, I understood how fun it actually is to develop, and then decided that I would study further in programming.
After graduating from software engineering, there is extremely much you can do, so much so that it is difficult to summarize. Of course, many become pure software developers, which can mean that you program in, for example, web development, security, embedded systems or machine learning. Many become IT consultants, which can also mean that you program, but for example also that you work with management and development processes at IT companies. In the long run, many will be project managers and chiefs.

Do you have any previous experience of the subject you are studying?
As I said, I got to program some in high school and I read a preparatory course in programming the summer before I would start at university. It was nice to have a little hum about what programming was when I started studying, but after a month or so, the courses I read had already gone through what I could then, and then everything was new.

What is the best thing about your education?
We've worked a lot in projects where we've built software solutions from the ground up, sometimes individually and sometimes in groups, and it's super fun. Master of Science programs contain a lot of theoretical courses, but in my education, the theoretical courses have also contained practical elements as we have had to develop actual software solutions to learn the theory. You have often used languages ​​and techniques you have never used before, even though the course is not really about those techniques, so you become like an expert at solving problems with new techniques!

Is there anything you wish you knew before you started studying?
I wish I had known that it is perfectly okay to ask for help when you are stuck with something, I was probably unnecessarily stubborn that I would solve everything myself in the beginning. Software technology is difficult - it is smart to use the resources available at the university in the form of lecturers and similar!

Have you worked with / studied anything else before you started your current education?
I actually first started in the master's engineering program in media technology at Linköping University, but after a year I switched to software technology. I thought that media technology was too focused on graphics, and wanted to read a more general computer education. So it is very easy to change orientation if you discover that you have made the wrong choice!

Name three things we did not know about you:
I love plants! I probably have over 100 species at home, and when I travel, botanical gardens are at the top of the list of places to visit.
I'm also a big fan of salt. More is more when it comes to salt quite simply.
I lie on my nail mat every day before I go to sleep. It is absolutely wonderful for the body and makes me relaxed enough to be able to fall asleep, tip!

What is your biggest career dream?
I actually do not have a specific career dream, but just strive to always work with something that stimulates me, makes me happy and makes me develop and learn new things. However, I am a little extra interested in software design and architecture, so in the long run it would have been fun to become a software architect, but now immediately after graduation I am eager to work as a developer.

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