Charlene – a Maker of tomorrow
Charlene is an Embedded Consultant and responsible for student activities in Stockholm. She also loves being surrounded by people so working in teams and meeting new faces makes her day!
Would you like to tell us about your story into becoming a Maker?
I would say that my parents have a very important role in me becoming a Maker. They have always told me to not be afraid of out-of-the-box thinking and to never be afraid of chasing my dreams. I would like to attribute my growing interest in tech and people to both of them. Growing up in Goa, a small state in India, and with a vastly male dominated engineering industry, they have always encouraged my life and career choices. They taught me that I should dare to dream and work to achieve. With that mindset, I felt like I could do anything I set my mind to, which led me to my journey here at Cybercom. Fresh out of school, with a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication, I moved from Goa to Stockholm to get a Masters at KTH. Here was where I met Cybercom for the first time and when I came on board to do my thesis at Cybercom, and I have stayed here ever since! Why I remain a Maker is because of all my colleagues and assignments - my colleagues for encouraging me to think in different ways and my assignments for facilitating the ‘making’ process. Cybercom is my second home, and my colleagues are rather my friends.
Which of your qualities would you say make you stand out as a Maker?
Well, I am not one that is for self-praise, so I took the help of some of my colleagues and asked them what it is about me that they like and that screams me! They said that I am very communicative and calm, always supportive, and that I lift the team’s spirit with my energetic demeanor. I personally think that the quality that makes me stand out as a Maker is me being a people person. I love being surround by people, and I think it’s very important to learn how to deal with different personality types. This is an especially important quality in my job because I work in teams and because I represent Cybercom at student events, where you often try to get the students out of their shell.
Being a Maker of tomorrow – what is your dream project?
I am currently one of the tech advisory students here in Stockholm. In that course, I learn a lot about how we can grow and maintain the already good relationships we have with our clients. My dream project would be a combination of the new skills that I am picking up about the business field and my knowledge of the tech-field. At the same time, I would like the project to have a great impact on people’s lives. I do not want to work with something that when the next best thing comes, we forget about it and it ends up on the shelf. I want to contribute to something that will make a real change in society.
How would you describe a Maker?
A Maker thinks outside of the box and does not need a clear way on how to get to the solution, but creates a procedure along the way. It is someone who is striving for the best, who always give their 110%, both when it comes to making the best products or services, and when it comes to being the best version of their self. A Maker should always try to out beat him or herself, so that we can set a good global standard together. A Maker is also someone who is not afraid to take risks and go the extra mile. Something may be risky, but it may also be something that you need to do. If you are always hindered by risks, you will get nowhere. But most importantly, a Maker is someone who has fun at work! That is what makes Cybercom such a great place, and that is how we cultivate the best Makers. It is about understanding that nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes, be a team player!