As most of the people who work at Strypes, Nadya was referred by a friend. She remembers this as the time when she didn’t have a technical background and was assisting the C-level management team. Interviewed by the founder Koen van Wijk and Todor, Nadya found the interview to be very friendly and showing a personal attitude. Starting at an administrative position, her vision was to gain technical knowledge. It took Nadya two years to start training for Feature Integrator. The job combined the skills of a tester and technical writer. Nadya has now been one of Strypes’ Feature Integrators for the past five years.
“Developers have this joke whether it’s a feature or it’s a bug. Sometimes, bugs can become features. Bugs, considered by some developers as such, can actually be intended features, developed by other developers.” The process of integrating software changes is accompanied by a lot of paperwork. This is where having a degree in linguistics helps Nadya document the testing process and work with developers who have an overview of the code architecture. “It takes lots of communication to produce this technical documentation (both within the project team and with the client). One thing I have noticed is that it’s really important to ask the right questions if you want to get the right answers faster and in the accurate level of detail. This is key to having great communication.” But Nadya’s favorite part of her job is testing which is often as fun as playing computer games. Her challenge at the beginning was to imagine how the software worked on the machine, and how a high-tech machine looked and worked. Teaching at the Strypes Academy helped her gain a better understanding of the impact of the solutions that the Strypes team was delivering. In June 2019, Nadya also became a trainer at the ICT Academy and she currently loves teaching others, as well as continuing to work as a Feature Integrator at Strypes. Almost five and a half years later, she is still with us and is motivated to keep growing in her career. “I haven’t given up on the idea of becoming a manager at Strypes. But I am not too fixated on this as I will miss the software testing process. In the next three years, I see myself in a role that’s close to QA.”
What are your hobbies? I love everything about the outdoors––trekking mountains, camping at wild beaches. Although, this is now harder to do as a mom. I also love Latin and Bulgarian dancing.
What is your favourite book? It’s by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Terres des Hommes. It’s not a very big book, it’s more like short stories and is very existential. It’s full of thoughts and quotes about life and people. I have at least 30 favourite quotes from this book.
What is your favourite quote? My grandad was a people’s person who always loved joking. One day, he sat me down and shared his wisdom when it comes to relationships with people. “You can never be too busy or pompous to find time to greet people and smile.” Another favourite quote of mine is from the movie Australia. I have noticed that it can be applied to a lot of different situations. “Just because it is, it doesn’t mean it should be.” It means that we can sometimes challenge the status quo, we need to always think about whether we should keep doing things as we should.
What is your greatest personal challenge at the moment? The greatest challenge in my entire life is being a parent. At first, you realise you’ve created a miracle, especially as a woman. Then you get hit by the realisation that no matter what you do, you will always be responsible for this child. This is your life project. And failing is not an option. No matter how much advice you get from your parents and friends, no one can teach you how to be a parent. It’s a huge responsibility, and it feels like carrying the entire world on your shoulders. He is now three years old, but my eyes still get filled with tears, when I look at him. I pray to be a good mother.
How many coffees do you drink per day? I try to drink only one per day.
Share a curious fact about yourself that your colleagues don’t know? I have been to Syria before the civil war. It was unspoiled by tourism and beautiful.