Irena Polajnar

Growing up, I loved challenges and solving problems. When we got our first computer and my dad taught me programming basics, I soon learned I could use it to solve problems that would otherwise take too long. It was this great tool that I could use to create amazing things.  As I finished high school and decided to study engineering, I improved my programming skills, and the things I could do became even more amazing - from programming a robotic arm that astronauts could use to repair objects in space, to automating a system that could help police solve crimes by pattern recognition. Programming wasn’t just about writing programs, it was a tool that made it possible to influence the world around me.  

Today I am a systems design engineer, a mentor, and a leader, who has had the opportunity to work in different IT fields, in various countries and languages. In all my work, at the core was some type of problem-solving, and knowing how to program had a huge impact on being able to solve bigger, more challenging, more exciting problems. This remains true in my role at Nordeus. 

You don’t have to have a career as a programmer, or even a career in IT to benefit from knowing how to program. Whether it’s in engineering, medicine, law, graphics design, gaming, fashion, or art, being able to program is a kind of super-power that enables you to shape the technology that is all around us. We need diverse backgrounds and experiences to make the most of this, so it is critical that girls and women play a big role. The most amazing things we can do are still ahead of us, and knowing how to program will help you make them happen. 

At Nordeus we nurture diversity. Diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and opinions. We like to say that we are all individually amazing, but together unstoppable. We are proud of the fact that 57% of our 2020 hires were women and we plan to continue on the same path in the future.