Meet Alicia Grevsten, Software Developer, Scrum Master and Interior Design Enthusiast

How did you become interested in tech?

I guess you could say it stemmed from me playing a lot of computer games with my brothers as a kid. This interest led to me taking extra courses at high school to learn Java before I moved to Örebro in central Sweden to study a Bachelor in Informatics.

How long have you been working with tech?

I actually started working as a Java developer while studying. It was during the pandemic when a lot of work and study was done remotely so it was easier to combine the two. I learned a lot about myself then: how much you can do when you put your mind to it and where the boundaries lie. However, I still wasn’t convinced my future was in IT, so I took a year out to study interior design. I really enjoyed it but was ready to return to IT, and here I am at Ductus in Luleå.

What does a typical day at work involve?

Interestingly, I have two roles today. I’m both a Developer and a Scrum Master. Coding-wise, I do front and backend development as well as testing, so I get to code in Angular, Python and C# and SQL. As the Scrum Master, I hold and run meetings and get to plan the optimal way forward for the team to ensure the best results. There’s a lot of variation and responsibility, which I enjoy.

What’s most interesting about your job?

I’d say it’s the fact that I get to apply the creative and problem-solving side of things to my job, both in my role as a Scrum Master and Developer. Studying design gave me a different perspective, and I can use some of the learning in my roles at Ductus, which is a great benefit and very rewarding.

What advice would you give to somebody interested in pursuing a career like yours?

Do it. IT is an extremely broad area today. There are so many ways to get into the industry, you don’t have to take one specific path. And once you’re in it, there’s a world of opportunity. We are encouraged to learn new things and develop our skills at Ductus, which allows us the flexibility to work with varied clients and projects. And here in Luleå, there’s so much happening within IT – it’s a fantastic place to be if you want to be at the forefront of tech.

What do you do when you’re not crunching code?

I love being outdoors, Luleå is a great place if you like winter sports and activities. I also like crafting, it gets the creative juices flowing and passes the time.

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