Name: Topi Salonen
Job description: Software Engineer
What is something that not everyone knows about you?
Before I started studying computer science and pursuing a career as a software developer, I considered a career in graphic design. I have always liked drawing, although as I’ve grown older, I’ve drawn less. During my studies, I was able to put my skills to good use by working as a graphic designer in student events for several years. I designed badges, posters, and other promotional material for all kinds of student activities.
It was at the beginning of my career that I realised how creative software development really is. Especially when working on user interfaces and usability, you realise how much experience in graphic design helps. I particularly enjoy front-end development because that’s where you see your own handiwork the most.
What was the spark that inspired you to join Identio?
My decision was strongly affected by the fact that I already knew some people in Identio. I had heard a lot of positive things through my connections. Although I had never worked as a consultant before, it appealed to me. In my previous jobs, I was always working on similar projects and had a wide range of responsibilities. I feel that working on different and larger projects develops my skills more effectively.
I didn’t apply to other companies besides Identio – this seemed like the best option.
What drives you in your work?
Learning new things. I think that’s important. Another major factor is that you can see your own handiwork. It feels rewarding when you have designed a new feature that looks good, works flawlessly, and feels natural to use.
Feedback from users is often negative when a product or service feature is not working properly or as intended. We have a separate Slack channel to share the positive feedback we receive. It’s nice that the positive comments also get noticed. The most important thing is that the users of the application are happy.
What would you like to tell your future colleagues?
When I started working at Identio, I immediately had two suitable projects waiting for me. Here, you don’t have to work on a project that doesn’t feel right.
They will find just the right project for you and your skills.
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