I have now finished my master thesis and got a 10/B, which was quite satisfactory as I wrote it while I gave birth to a boy and held my maternity leave together with being a mom for my 3 year old son. So for me it was quiet rough, but definitely worth it as I finally became Master of Science in Information Architecture.
And even better, the result from my master thesis is something that is useful for other companies. So hopefully I can use the knowledge in future work contexts.
My future plans is to get a job, but as not everything in life can be planned I have got unplanned pregnant again, so the realistic plan is to get a temporary job now or a start when my next maternity leave end (November 1, 2016).
So if you have any interesting tips for me while I am job seeking let me know :).
As written before I am a part of Microsoft’s ”Microsoft Student Partner”, which is a program that help to improves a handful of student skills within technology. In October we had our annual meeting a Microsoft Head Quarter in Denmark. This year we heard among other thing about the job opportunities’ in Denmark, brainstormed about different ideas in the different regions, heard about the different technologies in Microsoft and just experienced the atmosphere of being a part of a big global company as Microsoft. It was and is amazing to be a part of 🙂
End of my mentor program, but start but the start of a thesis cooperation
My participation in AAU Alumnis mentorprogram (read more here) is now ended, and it has with no doubt been the most educational experience to get knowledge about my professional field. I have learned my own skills, what I would learn in the future and most important it is not possible to know everything before you start a new job and often you just have to do it, and learn during it.
With the end of my mentor program is also the start of a thesis cooperation. I have through my mentor started cooperation with the owner of an e-commerce website where I am going to research on their new single page checkout. It is going to be amazing J
As described before, I have the past year had a mentor from the IT company Tiger Media (Read more here). I was fortunate that one of the owners of Tiger Media would spend a year to show me what IT is outside of the university framework. I have this fall completed the process and in that connection also to evaluate what process has given me as a person, both professionally and personally.
The conclusion is that: it’s the best I have ever done! Both because I have learned so very much from my mentor (Frederik Banke), because this process has opened new doors (I got a chance at Microsoft read here) I have tried my professionalism at Tigermedia (read here) and I have learned about my own skills and focused my skills to fit the business.
Therefore, if I am asked what my expertise is I will be able to say:
“I can optimize your IT systems so your users can utilize it as much as possible!”
I have learned it is about economics and time in business, so it is not enough to tell what I can. What company earnings / savings are by having me is a really important fact also.
And most importantly of all I have learned what I can, what I would like to learn and what I cannot.
As a member of Microsoft Student Partner my first job was to make an app for Microsoft App Store. My app have now been released in the store, and if I should say it myself “I am pretty damn proud of me!”. Not because it is exceptional, innovative or is good craftsmanship – more the opposite. But because programming is not my field. I need to understand it, but I am not programmer. I am information architect with a penchant for user experience. So I am god damn proud :).
As written earlier am I a member of Alumni’s mentoring arrangement. Last week was there a workshop focusing on evaluation. Together with my mentor from the company Tigermedia we discussed how the last half years had been – two things became clear to me. The first was how much we had achieved. Second was how little I had informed my mentor of what we had achieved.
With help and inspiration by my mentor, I have been a volunteer at an IT conference, been accepted as a Microsoft Student Partner, used a case from his company in connection with my university,’ sold ‘ an optimization suggestion to one of Tiger Media ‘s customers, found a partner for my thesis, considered to be independent and figured out what I want to do with my education. All this is happen in just a half year – did I tell my mentor is a effective man. But he did not know about all this we had accomplished, because I never said it loud when something was finished, so he thought we only made half-baked results.
This workshop was an eye opener for how important it is that I say loud to the world what I have achieved. What if I was in a business and did not say what I had achieved – it would indeed be shooting myself in the foot. That is why I, along with my mentor has agreed on a common goal – job searching, and in my mind to remember to say out loud when we have reached that goal.
I am a part of Almuni mentoring s program (http://www.alumni.aau.dk/english/mentoring/) where I have affiliated with Fredrik Banke from Tiger Media as my mentor since November last year .
I have recently through this program be to a workshop with other mentors and mentees. It is always interesting to create networks across the mentors and mentees and see which working methods they use.
One of the things that has come out of this collaborate is a casework from Aalborg University which is now connected to Tiger Media. I have had the opportunity to replace a mandatory case from my study to a case from Tiger Media. This means that my “new” case is to optimize the user experience on the frontend on one of Tiger media’s clients webisite. I really look forward to link my theoretical knowledge to a case where we can ultimately carry out a split test and see via Google analytics, if any of my optimization has any effect.
Are you interested in learning more about the process, please feel free to contact me for more info.
I got a great opportunity as I have been asked to be a ‘Microsoft Student Partner’. After I was a volunteer at the conference ” WCDC ” (see her) I was asked if I had any interest in being a MSPs ( Microsoft Student Partner ) – I was told about it befor, so I was very happy to be asked and I said of course yes :).
To name a few of the possibilities it offers to be MSPs :
• Special invitations to selected events and local events.
• Mentoring and networking opportunities .
• Training , both locally and through the official MSP tool .
• Free access to professional development and design software, and certifications.
• Accounts on Windows Phone and Azure ( cloud ) .
• International recognition of Microsoft.
To show Microsoft that I understand the technology I have to develop my own app for Microsoft’s app store, which I intend to create within the next six months .
I look forward to a very exciting collaboration with Microsoft, I see it as to be able to use Microsoft as a major professional playground. I will of course come up with updates about the experiences and challenges this brings.
I have in this week been a crew on the system development conference “Warm Crocodile Developer Conference” (http://thewcdc.net/). The conference was aimed for systems development with focus on programming. For me as a frontend developer I found it very exciting to learn more about the backend and the new trends that are – I believe that it is important to have knowledge of the technologies, if a frontend design should be successful.
Overall, it was just incredibly instructive and interesting to experience an IT conference for the first time. I got the experience that Information Architecture, User Experience, usabilitytesting etc. are not areas that did not have the right focus within system developing. Thus, I see a need for in the future to create a consulting business. Here, companies could have initially guidance and by this wayget a better focus on the savings and optimization possibilities, there are when focusing on things as UX and IA.