Irena Yana

Irena Yana

Software Developer


EDF Energy

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
First I decided to the more "girly" -marketing only to find out that is not my path
then I decided to leave all my life and go to another country and study what I have always wanted
I started working for an amazing company where innovation was the key to success
now I am mentoring young girls and soon to be a teacher who hopefully inspires others
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
BSc Computing with Digital Media
University of Greenwich - London
Career

Career

Software Developer

I create amazing stuff with code

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Education
Education
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My working day is full of excitement. Technology provides you with so many opportunities to be creative and let your imagination goes wild. From mobile apps that could help a group of people to do their job in a more efficient way to virtual reality where you can go inside a nuclear station and get a real-time perspective of the environment. It is all about creativity, innovation, and challenge.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

School teaches you how to go around a problem, basics of coding and analytical thinking. After that, all you need is your imagination. You don't need to know every programming language, all you need is to experiment without being afraid. Go out there, test this new technology, break your code, then fix it realising there was a missing bracket. You will never stop learning.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Love what you are doing. If you do that would be enough for you to do great things. I don't know all programming languages but I am eager to learn every day. So be brave do not limit yourself at your work and don't be afraid of challenges, take all of them and if you fail that means you learned something new.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
BSc Computing with Digital Media
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

""You don't look like a coding girl" or "You will be the perfect housewife""

What if I don't want to be a housewife? Then don't! Follow your dreams and don't let society, family or anyone tell you what you can and can't-do. You are amazing! And no matter what path you decide to take make sure you love it, the rest doesn't matter.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Going to a completely new country, knowing no one and starting your life again from scratch is quite challenging. Studying full-time and working every single free minute you have in order to pay your rent is a must. But at the end is all paying off

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

Going around and trying to find a subject which is suitable for the society took a while. When I started my degree I was over 25 and needed more time to concentrate on studying than the others.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

Everyone from my family was doubting me. Saying that most likely after one year at University I will be back to my country and I will regret it. Well, it's the end of my degree, I have a secure job and I love what I am doing.