Inspired by International Women’s Day, we recently launched one Campaign Starship is here on all our channels to truly celebrate strong and inspiring women. Although we only have one specific month to celebrate the women who are striving for #BreckThebius, we are dedicated to expanding women’s voices every day.
If Kaari’s story inspires you or if you’re interested in working at Starship, check out our Careers page as we currently have over 120 open positions worldwide.
Happy International Women’s Day, Curry! Tell us a little about your career journey.
Honestly, I didn’t really plan on my career. I didn’t plan on becoming a software engineer, it just happened to me. I came to Starship as a bored PhD student, looking for a bigger team and something faster. I get a lot of energy from other people around me and I like to lean on others.
Oh, so how exactly did you end up in your position?
I tell others that I want to code more to end my position. Sounds like a great thing. And then others tried their best to help me achieve this. Helping others is easy when they know what they want.
The story of how to maintain confidence and follow your gut feelings is very inspiring! In your current role in Starship, how is your daily life?
I am very much involved in determining what is the most influential thing in our case to achieve the goal of starship. So a chuck of my time goes into data investigation. The other part is implementing all the ideas. I work by managing what a robot does at any given time. This is an endless optimizing exercise. And it’s impossible to say what would be the right thing to do. I like working in this uncertain place.
I especially like long discussions with others about how to solve problems. Try to figure out why you shoot out ideas and fail to solve at the same time.
In general, how would you describe the culture of starship? Or what do you like most here? Has anything surprised you?
I would say that Starship has been a very caring and considerate environment. What I like is that I know that my managers are sincerely caring about my well-being. That I am not only a human resource that needs to be managed, but I know I can trust my colleagues so that I can be open about all kinds of problems and I can expect to understand.
I think Starship seeks a very healthy work life balance. As one of our engineering managers recently said, there are many more important things than work.
Finally, can you share with us any career tips or pro tips you may have for women who want to work or develop in the technical field?
I think the essential thing is to learn that everyone else is just as ignorant as you. I think literally everyone experiences Eposter Syndrome when they start.
It’s very common for young boys to start building their interest in technology, because their friends are interested in the same thing and society as a whole encourages them, which is great. When you start out as an adult it may seem that others have a lot more knowledge, but they have learned technical things for so long. I think at first I thought I couldn’t catch it, but now I know you absolutely can. Do not mix experience with innate ability!
Another thing I would recommend is to take on tasks that you have no idea how to solve. And when you get stuck, ask for help, it won’t make you look stupid. This is great if you find someone sympathetic to someone you are not afraid to ask silly questions. They are not usually dumb, even if it seems obvious to everyone except you.