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As a front-end developer at Cetasol, Marta works on making our iHelm solution user-friendly for our customers. Marta is responsible for our cloud dashboard and making sure that every feature is implemented in the most effective way that is easy to use.

To learn more about what it means to work as a front-end developer in a startup focusing on sustainability, we asked Marta some questions.

What does a typical workday look like for you? 

My typical day starts with a standup meeting, where I review the progress made since the last meeting.
From there, I dive into my work, focusing primarily on developing new features. I spend the majority of my time coding, occasionally collaborating with team members to solve problems or refine design aspects of upcoming features. When we receive a new assignment, we first need to fully understand the requirements before beginning coding. Throughout the day, I usually engage in regular syncing sessions with my team to ensure alignment and share progress. This routine continues until around noon when I break for lunch and then the work continues.

How does your workflow with sprints operate?

In our startup environment, we work in 2-3 week sprint cycles, tackling multiple tasks ranging from implementing new features to making improvements. Despite encountering challenges, we strive to complete our tasks within the sprint timeline. While we’re transparent about any issues to the team, our focus remains on delivering results.

What sets working in a startup apart?

In a startup environment, your work tends to be more visible. Your actions are more noticeable, and managers are often aware of your contributions. Additionally, there’s a greater opportunity to share ideas and influence change, as the startup culture typically allows for more flexibility and adaptability. Compared to more established organizations, there tends to be a less rigid structure in startups, which facilitates the implementation of new ideas and changes.

What’s been your main challenge with frontend tasks at Cetasol, and how did you overcome it?

The main challenge is when I identify room for improvement, but then the time is limited to do anything about it. However, I’ve learned to prioritize tasks effectively. I prioritize the most important issues and improvements and create tasks for them. By focusing on solving the most pressing issues first, I can ensure that the most impactful changes are implemented within the available time frame.

What is it like working with iHelm?

Working with iHelm is very rewarding, especially due to its focus on sustainability. I find it inspiring to contribute to something I’m passionate about. This alignment makes the work feel fulfilling, and I often have ideas on how to enhance the project. Additionally, there’s a sense of satisfaction knowing that my work contributes to a greater cause beyond just coding.

What do you like the most about working at Cetasol?

I’m drawn to the great company culture at Cetasol, where I genuinely enjoy being part of such a great team. We have a lot of fun together at work, which creates a positive environment. Additionally, I deeply appreciate Cetasol’s focus on sustainability as I mentioned, which aligns perfectly with my own values. It’s inspiring to be part of something that feels like the future, and it motivates me to fully commit to the company.

What do you enjoy about being a front-end developer?

As someone who can code and appreciates good design, I focus on creating visually pleasing experiences. With my background in marketing, I emphasize user interaction and design. This helps me connect with users and make engaging experiences. As a front-end developer, I also enjoy the freedom to create anything I desire, whether it’s for work projects or personal projects at home.

What led you to your current career path?

After moving to Sweden with aspirations in marketing, I found myself drawn to the world of computers. A pivotal moment came when I accompanied my boyfriend to his job and became intrigued by his work. Realizing that I didn’t yet have a job in marketing, I decided to explore other avenues. I began by taking a free coding course, followed by enrolling in an intensive program that spanned weekends and evenings for two years. This program, approved by KTH, provided me with a valuable certification that ultimately helped me secure a job. It was a significant career change, inspired by both the opportunities in Sweden and the encouragement from my boyfriend.

Thank you Marta! 

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