Meet Ida Ek, Consulting / Client Relations Manager and CrossFit Trainer

How did you become interested in tech?

My interest in tech came much later than many people’s. I studied social sciences and human resources at university, going on to work as a Project Manager and Recruiter, among other things. It wasn’t until I joined Ductus in Luleå – then called BnearIT – and met so many talented software engineers that I really began to appreciate the importance of tech and the opportunities and variation it offered people working with it.

How long have you been working with tech? 

I joined Ductus in December 2021 as a Consultant Manager. So, I’ve spent the past two years working with the people at the company, helping to create a safe and engaging working environment where consultants can grow and deliver their best efforts for our clients and their teams.  

What does a typical day at work involve?

I am both a Consulting Manager and the Client Relations Manager for Forsäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) one of our largest customers. That means on any given day I could be holding meetings with Ductus consultants to plan their personal development paths, discussing upcoming assignments with our contacts at Forsäkringskassan, meeting our suppliers and partners, or attending planning meetings to ensure we deliver according to priorities and requirements. 

What’s most interesting about your job?

It’s the collaboration and communication with so many different parties. And, of course, actively supporting people to grow and develop in a safe and pleasant working environment, which is an essential part of our culture at Ductus. To do this, we hold various activities on a regular basis, whether it’s our weekly one-on-one discussions, training courses, monthly lunches, or activity evenings. Bringing people together this way creates a sense of community. 

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

Having arrived to IT so late, I encourage everyone to explore it at an early age. There is so much opportunity and variety within tech – it’s a great foundation to build a career on, no matter what you pursue. Then, you need people skills if you are going to work in my role, which is where my education and experience are a great help.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I enjoy spending time with my family and am expecting a new addition in a few months. I’m also a CrossFit trainer and try to do a session whenever I can.