month DataTjej: Linn Löfquist

In English below

Nominated by Sarah Wirsén, with the motivation: “Linn has now finished her job as a trainee at Evry and I am so impressed with her journey. Everything she learned and that she got through both the University and the Trainee Program. She is smart, funny and can inspire. ”

Name: Linn Löfquist
Age: 28 years
Workplace: TietoEvry

Have you studied anything / any subjects in IT? If so, which ones and which school did you go to?
Computer Science, Uppsala University

Tips for girls who want to study / work with IT and technology-related subjects?
I want to start by saying like this, yes what fun! We need more women in the IT industry and especially more female developers. My best tip is to dare, dare to apply for the education you are interested in. You do not need to have programmed before you start, I would not have done that. But also when you have started studying, dare to ask. Ask when you do not understand, there are always more than you who wonder about the same thing but do not ask. There are no stupid questions.

Networking, it is something I wish I had done more during my studies, dare to go to that corporate event, workshop, fair or whatever it is. As a girl in IT / technology, you are very attractive to employers.

Mention three things few people know about you!
1. I love plants but I can not keep my plants alive, either they die of overwatering or of dehydration. I even have a wardrobe flower that should be impossible to kill that is starting to turn yellow.

2. I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks but do not like reading books as much, it feels much more luxurious if someone reads the book to me.

3. I have driven to Iceland.

Can you tell us how you ended up at your workplace and what your duties are?
During my studies, especially during a period in the second grade when you sat and looked for memory leakage in C, I thought: help, is this really what I want to work with? Will I really be good enough to actually work with programming? Therefore, I started looking at different trainee programs where you did not lock yourself into programming from the start and then found a program on TietoEvry where you got to try out three different roles in three different system development projects during a year: Test, Requirements and Development. Every now and then I decided that when I was done I would apply for it!

I entered the trainee year and was equally open to all roles. But when I came to the development role, I became totally stuck. It was not at all like in the plug. It was realized that so many other criteria are required for the role as a developer than just being "shitty and good at coding".

So when I finished the trainee year, I had to choose the role I enjoyed best and it was then obvious that it was development. I also came back to the same team I had during the trainee's development rotation. We work with the management of a system in the banking industry. So I get to work with both new development of new functionality and bug fixes. It is both frontend and backend, although backend is where I thrive best. It's really fun and I feel like I'm evolving all the time.

Note I must add that the Trainee program that I went to now is called the Graduate program IT / Tech with rotation.

What made you choose (a profession in) IT / technology?
I worked for a few years at a pharmacy, where I mostly sat at the checkout and worked with the warehouse and where the idea was sown that it would be cool to be involved in developing a cash register system / warehouse system like this and make sure to do it even better. Since then, I have always been interested in computers and technology. But I had only used programs, I wanted to know how they worked. That's probably where the driving force came from in the beginning.

Your three best tips for someone going to a job interview?
Ask questions, it shows that you are interested in the company and it is almost a given that interviewers ask at the end if you have any questions. If you then have no question, it gives the impression that you are not so interested or have not checked out the company.
2. This may be difficult, but try to find something in common with the person interviewing you that you can farm over. It becomes an easy-going atmosphere and the conversation flows more easily when you can chat about something you have in common, such as an interest, studies, etc.
3. Prepare, read about the company and think of answers that stand out on those classic interview questions, so that you are prepared if they come.

In English
Nominated by Sarah Wirsén, with the motivation: Linn has now completed her job as a trainee at Evry and I am so impressed with her journey. Everything she has learned and that she got through both the University and the Trainee Program. She is smart, funny and inspiring. ”

Name: Linn Löfquist
Age: 28 years old
Workplace: TietoEvry

Have you studied anything / any subjects in IT? If so, which ones and which school did you go to?
Computer Science, Uppsala University

Advice for girls who want to study / work with IT and technology-related subjects?
I want to start by saying like this, yes go for it! We need more women in the IT industry and especially more female developers. My best advice is to dare, dare to apply for the education you are interested in. You do not need to have any programming skills before you start, I had no previous experience. But also when you have started studying, dare to ask. Ask when you do not understand, there are always more people than you who wonder about the same thing but do not ask. There are no stupid questions.

Networking, it's something I wish I had done more during my studies, dare to go to that corporate event, workshop, fair or whatever it is. As a girl in IT / technology, you are very attractive to employers.

Mention three things few people know about you!
1. I love plants but I can not keep my plants alive, either they die of overwatering or of dehydration. I even have a plant that should be impossible to kill that is starting to turn yellow.
2. I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks but do not like reading books as much, it feels much more luxurious if someone reads the book for me.
3. I have traveled to Iceland by car.

Can you tell us how you ended up at your workplace and what your job responsibilities are?
During my studies, especially during a period in the second year when I was sitting and looking for memory leakage in C, I thought: help, is this really what I want to work with? Will I really be good enough to actually work with programming? Therefore, I started looking at different trainee programs where you did not lock yourself into programming from the start and then found a program on TietoEvry where you got to try out three different roles in three different system development projects during a year: Test, Requirements and Development. That's when I decided that when I was done with the studies, I would apply for the trainee program!

I entered the trainee year and was equally open to all roles. But when I came to the development role, I was totally stuck. It was nothing like what we've been taught at school. At that point I realized that there are so many other criteria required for the role as a developer. Not just being a “brainiac who is good at coding”.

So when I finished the trainee year, I had to choose the role I enjoyed best and it was obvious that it was development. Also, I came back to the same team I had during the trainee's development rotation. We work with the management of a system in the banking industry. So I get to work with both new development of new functionality and bug fixes. It is both frontend and backend, although backend is where I thrive best. It's really fun and I feel like I'm evolving all the time.

Note: I must add that the Trainee program that I went to is now called the Graduate program IT / Tech with rotation.

What made you choose (a profession in) IT / technology?
I worked for a few years at a pharmacy, where I mostly sat at the checkout and worked in the warehouse. That's when I got the idea that it would be cool to be involved in developing a cash register system / warehouse system like this and make sure to make it even better. Since then, I have always been interested in computers and technology. But I had only used programs, I wanted to know how they worked. That's probably where the driving force came from in the beginning.

Your three best advice for someone going to a job interview?
1. Ask questions, it shows that you are interested in the company and it is almost a given that interviewers ask at the end if you have any questions. If you then have no question, it gives the impression that you are not so interested or have not made a background check of the company.

2. This may be difficult, but try to find something in common with the person interviewing you, in order bonding together. It becomes an easy-going atmosphere and the conversation flows more easily when you can chat about something you have in common, such as an interest, studies, etc.

3. Prepare, read about the company and think of answers that stand out from those classic interview questions, so that you are prepared if they come.

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