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My work life: Milda

QA Engineer Milda on what she loves about tech and why she’d encourage other women to work in the industry.

I realised I wanted to work in tech when…

I had felt some pressure to go straight into university after school, and I attempted several courses in different fields, to see if any of them “fit”. I tried chemistry, physics and graphic design, but I felt like none of them were a good match. I like both creativity as well as logic, so I wanted to find a career where I could use both. I investigated programming and tech. It clicked! I felt like it was a perfect combination of both creative and critical thinking, and it went from there.

In my current role…

I’m a QA (Quality Assurance) Engineer. I’m responsible for the work quality on my team, which involves ensuring best practices are followed, as well as verifying our product works as expected.

I got into tech…

I signed up for a programming course with the Open University. After two years of full-time studies and work, I had the chance to move to London and get into a tech career, working as a test consultant.

Tech interests me…

Because it constantly changes. This means my work is different every day, and because it’s ever-changing, I’m learning continuously.

My first impression of Zopa

Great! People around me were very motivated and hard working. The atmosphere in the company was buzzing– a lot was getting done – and it made me want to add value where I can immediately.

I’m inspired by…

I spent my twenties with a great deal of depression and anxiety. Getting out of it took time, was demanding and immensely worth it. I’m inspired by not wanting to feel like that again. Having a job that I love and people who support me is pushing me to do better daily, for which I am incredibly thankful.

The best thing about my role…

Is that I’m grateful to work with very smart and motivated people. It pushes me to hold myself to a higher standard and contribute to the overall success of the company, especially as a QA engineer. My work directly relates to the business being confident about what goes out to the customers.

People make or break a company, and Zopa has, by far, the best people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. 

My most memorable moment at Zopa… 

Obtaining a banking licence! It was a very joyous and momentous occasion, many people worked extremely hard for a very long time to get to this point, and I was lucky enough to be in the company when it finally happened.

The advice I’d give to other women looking to work in tech…

Is that it’s never too late. Technology is now ubiquitous in our lives, there are many ways you could approach a career in tech. Do not feel like you need to have started programming in your teens! Resources are plentiful and are easily accessible. Go for it!

Working in tech has been the most rewarding part of my professional life so far. I hope more women will think about it as a potential career path for them.

Milda Abromaviciute is a QA Engineer at Zopa. When she’s not putting products through their paces at Zopa, she can be found going to gigs, visiting galleries and playing video games.