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Ask a frontend developer - women in tech

In our PCG Germany-wide interview series, we present exciting cloud jobs and the people behind them. Jelena works as a frontend developer and answered some questions about herself, her journey so far and her daily work at Public Cloud Group:

What do you do in your job? What does your day-to-day work look like?

I'm a front-end developer working on a React Native application. I like to start an hour or two before the Daily to prepare for the workday, code something if there is something left from the previous day, or work on a new topic. I also program together with my teammate, we meet either before or after the daily meetings. We usually have an open meeting link so the rest of the team can join in if someone needs support.

What does "cloud" mean to you?

Unlimited possibilities.

Tell us about one of your projects you're working on right now.

I'm working on a mobile application for technicians. The idea is to digitise the work in their company and give them state-of-the-art technological solutions for their everyday work with a ticket system.

What do you find particularly great about your job?

I see my working day as a day when I have fun. The greatest thing about my job is my team and the fact that I am part of it. We strive for the same goal and share the core values of teamwork. Great things are made by teams!

What are your biggest challenges?

I like working in an environment where you are constantly encouraged to grow your skills and knowledge, where you can progress and develop a better version of yourself every day. Sometimes it's a challenge to keep up the pace, but the rewards are all the sweeter for it :)

Why do you work at Public Cloud Group?

As with the cloud, there are unlimited opportunities at PCG. You get to work with the latest technologies in an environment where you can grow as a professional and as a person. It's a fast-growing company and I like the opportunity to grow professionally together.

How did you become a software developer?

I wanted to understand the "how" and "why" of applications. I started out programming simple things and then figured out that if I wanted answers to my "how" and "why," I should look up how other developers did it. I also discovered some great books that cut down on the time spent wandering around. If you are dedicated and enjoy creating something useful with a few lines of code, you are well on your way to becoming a developer.

What does someone need to bring with them to become a software developer?

Love and the will to learn something new every day.

What tip do you have for someone who wants to become a software developer?

Start small, step by step, give yourself time, but resolve to do something every day. If it gets difficult, you can always try again. And don't give up "no matter what"!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend time in nature, do yoga and listen to jazz.

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