Meidi works as a senior Android developer
Meidi Tõnisson graduated from the master’s programme in Computer Science in 2014. She now works for the successful Swedish podcast company Acast.
Hi Meidi, what are you working on at the moment?
I'm a senior Android developer at a Swedish company called Acast. Acast is the largest global podcast company, providing podcast hosting, analytics and ads to thousands of podcasters.
What can a regular day look like at your job?
A regular day as a software developer will include everything from discussing intuitive user interactions with our designers to investigating strange bugs that have been reported by our users. A perfect day for me includes interesting discussions with my colleagues and a few hours of highly focused coding. Thankfully, I get to have quite a few of these kinds of days in my current job!
Have you worked with anything else since you graduated?
In the 6 ½ years since I graduated, I’ve had several other jobs. They've all involved software development.
Why did you choose this programme at KTH?
That's a tough question to answer, actually! I've always seen myself as a technical person, in particular because my parents were early adopters when it came to computers and the internet. However, I’d never considered making a career out of it until I was in my twenties.
I saw an ad for the international programme in Computer Science at KTH, with the possibility of studying French along with the rest of the engineering classes, and thought it sounded interesting. I'd spent a few semesters studying French right after I graduated from upper secondary school. I read up about some of the engineering classes and this piqued my interest even more.
Are there any insights you acquired during your studies that have been particularly useful for you in your career?
It's hard to select a specific insight or course that made the greatest amount of difference. For me, it's probably been the ability to break down large problems and approach problem-solving in a scientific and systematic manner. This is something that permeated many of the classes I took. I also feel that learning about algorithms and complexity has given me an edge when reasoning about the efficiency of my own solutions.
What was the best aspects of your studies at KTH?
To be honest, the connections and friendships! I know so many people at so many different companies all over the world, just from my time at KTH. And this was without making any special effort to network. It’s just something that happens naturally when you're stuck in a computer lab late at night trying to figure out sorting algorithms together...
What are your plans for the future?
To keep building cool things! That's really the best part of being a developer – it feels very empowering to be able to bring your ideas to life.