Nicole Grau

Every month, we ask one individual in our network a few questions about their way into tech, their motivation and their lessons learned.

This month role model is Nicole Grau. She is an Application Manager for public services and is currently responsible for an application for about 400’000 users.

What valuable advice did you get from your parents?
I am the oldest of 4 daughters and my parents always taught us, that we have to work hard in order to get something accomplished. I kept that in mind and I always search for new challenges. Said that, I have to admit, I haven’t always been working in tech but started my career as a front desk employee. Some day I got offered a job in IT with the possibility to develop my skills in that department and I just couldn’t say no, knowing that I would have to work hard in order to get somewhere 🙂

What aspects of your work are you proudest of?
With my background outside of IT I think I am one of those tech people that never forget that there are people affected with all changes that are made in software. I am proud that even in that technical environment I never forget the people behind and affected by it.

What drives you at work?
I like the fact that I always learn something new in my job. That get’s me up in the morning, knowing that every day brings something different. It never gets boring.

What has been the toughest challenge you faced while working?
When I started working in IT I had the assumption that software is «finished» someday. But working with it every day now I figured out, that I was wrong. At least in my environment, the development of the bigger systems are never finished. There are always some changes that have to be made.

What advice would you give other women?
Every (technical) development that is done working begins to become outdated on the day of its’ completion. As a women in tech you can influence the development and bring other views into a male dominated environment.

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