Kasper Rugaard Thomsen
BSc in Software Development (renamed Computer Science). Android Developer at MobileLife, Danske Bank.
I am 33 years old, and I live in Kastrup with my girlfriend and her daughter. I travel a lot and I also do a lot of programming in my spare time. Alongside my normal job, I have my own company. That's really common in the start-up culture.
MobileLife is a kind of start-up company owned by Danske Bank. The fun part of working here is that the start-up culture is mixed with the culture of an established cooperation. This makes for a very agile work environment - we are constantly moving forward. We are about 100 people working on developing a variety of digital products that makes everyday life easier for people. At this stage, it's all about digitalizing aspects of managing your money and buying a house, so you have different options when searching for a new home.
I'm an Android developer, so in my team we develop mobile apps. We are organized in multidisciplinary teams where all competencies work together. I work with iOS developers, web developers, graphic designers, UX designers and business people. This means that decisions are quickly put into action. The cool thing about my job is that it’s incredibly versatile, and there is a great deal of openness for new ideas. We are at the forefront of innovation in the financial world, and being a part of it is really exciting.
My interest in Android started already while I was studying at ITU. The fact that you can develop something for your own phone, which others can use, really appealed to me. It's cool that you can make something people carry around in their pockets.
It was the versatility that drew me to ITU. Not only do you learn about the technical aspects of software development, you also learn about the human and business-related aspects. For instance we learned to write a business case and sell the products. IT law gave us with a different perspective on the same thing. At the same time, the social environment of ITU was really good. When I finished my bachelor's degree, I was eager to put what I had learned into practice, but I might return to school and do a master’s degree sometime.
I recommend being open and exploiting the fact that there are so many opportunities at ITU. You can easily limit yourself to the technical courses, but you will be better prepared for the job market if you get to know all the different aspects of IT.