Meet Emina Cirkic, Software Engineer, Java / AWS Developer, former bio-medical technician

How did you become interested in tech?

I was in a six-month internship at Malmo University following three years of studies as a biomedical technician. I was fathoming out a simple front-end language and it dawned on me that this is what I wanted to do. I did a complete 180 turn and decided to pursue a career in IT. 

How long have you been working with tech?

Having just spent three years studying, I didn’t want to do that again, so I spent 12-month on a full-time intensive Java distance learning programme. Following that, I worked as a Java developer at an industrial company for three years. I wanted to work more with the cloud, so I became AWS certified and joined Data Ductus. 

What does a typical day at work involve?

We work in two-week sprints. We have our stand-ups, prioritize tasks and features, and spend the day developing the code. Mostly, I work in Golang. It’s a relatively new language for me, but the syntax is simpler than Java, so it was relatively easy to get to grips with it. 

What’s most interesting about your job?

Variation. I feel like I’m learning something new and growing every day. When I joined the company I didn’t have a lot of working experience with AWS. I had the theory and now I’m applying it in a really interesting project for the energy industry. 

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

There are so many opportunities, so do a little research first. Are you interested in hardware, software, or desktop? Once you know this, pick the language that will serve your interests. You need to go all in. Tutorials aren’t enough. Take a proper course and learn the theory. It will be worth it in the long run. 

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

I have a young family, so I like to spend time with them, especially on the weekends when we get to do more things together.