May 22nd, 2018
Driving back from work I received the notification I was waiting for in the past 5 months: “The Swedish Institute has the pleasure to inform you …”. I still remember how excited and joyful I felt in this moment as it meant that I got the full scholarship offer that only 2% of eligible applicants get.
May 29th, 2020
Two years later, I graduated from Lund University during a global pandemic with little knowledge of the forthcoming journey. The pandemic challenged all of us in many ways including myself. For a fresh graduate in Tourism whose full-time job was looking for a job, it couldn’t get more petrifying than a worldwide lock-down.
The fragile situation I found myself in brought me to think about what do I really want from my job? As a woman who resigned from her 2 full-time jobs as a Senior Financial Advisor and University Lecturer to experience a new culture and start a new chapter in life, not finding any opportunities wasn’t what I dreamed of. However, I truly believe there is a bright side in everything for those who seek it. I got all the time I needed to do something: To change! So, I decided to learn a new skill that would enable me to solve more everyday life problems. A couple of months later, in September 2020, as I was coming back from my birthday celebration trip, I dipped my toes in programming for the first time. Fast forward to September 2021 and I got to celebrate my birthday with my colleagues at Publicis Sapient as an Associate Frontend Developer. But how did I get there?