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Eleni Kola
Product Developer
AND Digital
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work for AND Digital, a company that helps clients to launch better digital products and build high performing digital teams. In my role, I work as a software developer, participating in a big range of projects that use a variety of technologies and languages in order to help our clients improve the user journey experience for their customers.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Problem solving and logic
  • Coding/Programming using various frameworks and languages ( e.g. Javascript, .NET, SQL, Node.js, etc.)
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Research
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

As part of my cooperation with NHS and the “Not just a thought” initiative, I worked on building a Proof of Concept of an Augmented Reality mobile application that would help identify, advise and support children that have been abused. It was an amazing experience interacting with young people, getting their feedback and views on what would be more beneficial and helpful to them and adapting your work to make it easy-to-use and meaningful to your end user.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I finished my BSc in Computer Science at the Athens University of Economics and Business while living in my home country, Greece. Later on, I moved to the UK to start a MSc in Advanced Computer Science which I completed in 2017, just before getting my first job in the technology industry at AND Digital.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

As a student I was really interested in biology and computer science, so in my mind I thought it would be amazing to combine the two and work on something like bioinformatics. I chose to make a start with a computer science degree and when I finally got my first job at AND Digital, it honestly broadened my horizons and gave me opportunities I didn’t even know existed. So I decided that actually this is exactly what I want to do.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

Absolutely go for it! It’s an industry that offers you such a wide variety of roles and opportunities to try yourself in different things that it’s inevitable to find something you genuinely enjoy doing and are passionate about. Especially if you are a person like me, venturesome and continuously looking for new challenges and exciting experiences, you will always have things to explore and revitalize your interest in the field of digital. Don’t let fear of failure keep you from trying, look at it as an opportunity to better learn yourself, your strengths and your passions.


I AM...
HARD-WORKING
PASSIONATE
CURIOUS