Maedeh Mousavi is a Full Stack Software Engineer working with our development team in Sarajevo. Stylish, talented and quadrilingual (she is fluent in Persian, English, Bosnian and Turkish), Maedeh talks to us about her life at Finshark, her vision on developing in a startup environment, and how she deals with the current challenges of working remotely.

What are you currently working on? Anything exciting?

Right now, I am brainstorming with my teammates – remotely. We’re busy investigating, implementing, and coding. That’s the startup life! Always exciting and evolving, and that’s one of the things I like the most about it.

So, is working in a startup really as interesting as they say?

It is one of the best experiences in my career. I have the opportunity to build an incredible product from the start, and that is really exhilarating.

What do you like the most about your job?

Constantly learning and improving. That’s the IT industry for you.

What’s your favourite programming language and why?

I do not have a favourite programming language in particular. I might need different languages depending on the project I am working on, but it is key to understand the programming principles, the data structure, and the algorithms completely. Syntaxes, on the other hand, can be learned quickly.

Tell us about your background. What were you doing before joining Finshark?

I have now been working as a Software Engineer for about 6 years with different international IT companies across several industries. Each company has provided me with opportunities to build my career and achieve valuable technical and non-technical skills.

What made you join the team in Sarajevo?

I really like finance, so where better than a fintech startup?

If you weren’t a Software Engineer, what would you be doing now?

I’d be a plastic surgeon. I enjoy making things look better, and now that is what I do with software.

What’s your ultimate work ambition?

Right now, my biggest ambition is to see Finshark thrive and to reach a prominent role in the future of banking. As for my own future, combining my technical knowledge with managerial and leadership skills, I would like to become a CEO one day.

What do you like to do when you’re not busy building the future of finance?

Usually I’d say spending time with my family, friends, and people I love the most. Right now, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, exploring nature, watching movies, and reading books are my favourite activities.

How’s this situation affecting your work?

I am lucky enough to work in a company that cares about its employees’ health and has a strong remote working culture. That and keeping busy with an exciting project motivate me enough every day to get the most out of working remotely and help me stay at home.

Do you have any tips for remote workers?

I believe it is a difficult time, but we will make through it. In my opinion, mental health should always come first. Exercising, eating healthy, and reconnecting with nature can help to make the best of these circumstances.

We’ve got some flash questions for you. Answer the first thing that crosses your mind!

Favourite book. C# in Depth by Jon Skeet.

Favourite author. Robert Kiyosaki.

Favourite fictional character. My favourite characters are real.

Favourite word. Success.

Favourite app. Google Calendar.

Favourite TV show. Good Girls.

Favourite actor. Monica Bellucci.

Favourite meal of the day. My morning coffee.

Favourite board game. Heads up.

Favourite quote. Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near, appreciate what you have – Paulo Coelho.

Car or motorcycle? Car.

Trains or planes? Planes.

Felines or canines? Can’t choose!

Art gallery or library? Art gallery.

Pub or club? Both.

Fika or schnapps? Why pick one?!

Tabs or spaces? Spaces.

Mac or PC? Mac.

Outdoor or indoor? Outdoor.

Yoga or pilates? Yoga.

Running or strolling? Strolling.

Alright, you did it! Many thanks for your time today, Maedeh. It was great getting to know you better. Before you get back to pouring awesomeness into our code, do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with us?

Your dream does not have an expiration date, take a deep breath, and try again.