Nikolet Jensen is a Frontend web developer at Accenture who believes she has the knowledge without which you can’t be a developer. She adds that the qualities that make a good developer are different. According to Nikolet, this is a profession in which you are constantly learning new things, so we need to be flexible and get used to stepping out of our comfort zone.
Nikolet Jensen is a Frontend Web Developer at Accenture who decided to come back to Bulgaria by a coincidence. Nikolet shares with us that she doesn’t think that being a woman is a challenging thing. However, being a parent can sometimes be a career challenge, especially when the children are young. What inspired Nikolet to dive into the IT industry was the fact that she wanted to try something new and interesting and the IT covered many of the things that were important to her creativity, the flexibility of working hours, location, and also good pay. In Accenture everyone strives to have a balance of staff. They encourage the employment of women, who are still fewer, but significantly more than in the industry as a whole. In her opinion, there is knowledge with out which you cannot be a developer. However, the qualities that make a good developer vary. According to Nikolet, this is a profession in which you are constantly learning new things, so you need to be flexible and get used to getting out of our comfort zone. She advises everyone to always spare some time for physical exercises despite any personal and,professional obligations. Nikolet thinks it is very important to find time to move, for instance, a short walk outside or a workout at home.
“I wanted to try something new and interesting and it covered many of the things that were important to me.”
Can you share something specific about you that we can’t find on LinkedIn?
I have two kids.
Have you encountered any challenges in your career in connection to being a woman?
I would not say that it is a challenge that I am a woman. Being a parent can sometimes be a career challenge, especially when children are young.
Do you know how many women work in your position?
I am aware that there are enough opportunities for many more women to join the IT field and I would like more of them to take this step.
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Do you think that the problem of gender inequality is still relevant in Bulgaria and globally?
Yes, it is relevant, but it is also being discussed more than ever and steps are being taken towards alignment.
Which policies does your company encourage regarding gender diversity?
We strive to have a balance of staff, we encourage the employment of women, who are still fewer, but significantly more than in the industry as a whole.
Do your male colleagues treat you differently?
They don’t have a different attitude towards me.
Which sources do you follow and can you recommend some of them to our audience? (example: podcasts, pages, influencers, vloggers, etc.)
I would recommend Hacker News
You have obtained your bachelor’s degree abroad. What made you go back to Bulgaria?
It was a coincidence – we came here for the summer when our daughter was little, and we never left. Your bachelor’s degree is in Journalism and Communications, and then you obtained a Master’s degree in American Science.
What inspired you to move to the IT sector?
I wanted to try something new and interesting and IT (in particular frontend development) covered many of the things that were important to me – creativity, flexibility of working hours and location, good pay.
Which are the most important qualities of a front and developer?
Тhere is a certain knowledge without which you cannot be a developer. But the qualities that make a good developer vary. I would rather say that it is a profession in which you are constantly learning new things, so we need to be flexible.
High heels or flat shoes?
Which typical female quality or household responsibility does not apply to you?
To sow flowers.
What is THE thing that you must have in your bag when going out?
Favourite lipstick colour?
Red, however, I don’t wear any and learn to get out of our comfort zone.
How and where should we put boundaries between the working day and the private life when everything happens in one place? Can you give some good practices and tips as an example?
When you have children, the boundaries are set by getting up early, leading and picking up from school, preparing food, etc. If I have to give specific advice, it is to have some time for physical exercises. I think it is very important to find time to move. For example, a short walk outside or a workout at home.
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