IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 52
X LEILA SOUFI
Photography by Stefan Tell
NAME: Leila Soufi TITLE: System developer COMPANY NAME: Handelsbanken COMPANY'S FUNCTION: Banking
HEADQUARTERS: Stockholm, Sweden YEARS IN IT: 1
How did you end up in IT? I ended up in IT by a coincidence, to
be honest. I originally studied biomedicine but decided to drop out
because I wasn't enjoying it. I began studying psychology instead and
joined a project that needed end users for a new administrative system
that was being developed. I had been programming since I was 12 but
never considered a career in it, so I talked to the project leader who
recommended IT. I decided to take information systems as a major and
here I am. // What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't in
IT? I'd probably be working with usability and user experience. Technically, still IT (although it doesn't need to be) but not as a developer.
// What's been your biggest accomplishment? I think my biggest
accomplishment is having the courage to drop out of biomedicine and
deciding to take my own path and really do what I love and enjoy and
not what is expected of me-especially since I wasn't even sure what
I wanted to do. // What's the geekiest thing you've ever owned?
I own a Harry Potter wand and a mug with a moving (heat-changing)
TARDIS. // What's your favorite part of your day and why? My
favorite part of the day is when I have my first cup of coffee, espe-
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cially on the weekend. I always relax and savor that moment when it
happens, even if I'm on the run. // What's the biggest challenge
facing your company today? I think the biggest challenge right
now is finding resources. There's a shortage of developers-especially experienced ones, as we all know-and we need to not only
encourage more people to learn programming but also give other
languages besides the popular ones a chance. // What business skill
would you most like to acquire or improve? I would like to improve
on my social and leadership skills because I love to work with people
and I think those are skills that are important to have, regardless of
what position you have. // What's your favorite activity outside of
work? I love to take long walks and just enjoy the nature. It's relaxing,
refreshing and even better if there's a dog with me! // What's the best
piece of advice you've ever been given? The best advice someone
have ever given me was to remember that whenever we feel or think
something for a moment, it will change in the next. This hit me close
because it made me appreciate the good times but also realize that
the bad times are always temporary.
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