Women in IT: Kia Boesen Thomsen

31 May 2023

"IT is about creating value for users"

Kia Boesen Thomsen studied Health Technology and is currently a Consultant in Delegate's team for Data & AI.

In high school, Kia Boesen Thomsen was sure she would study medicine. Still, instead, she chose to study for an engineering diploma in Health Technology, which combines electronics and IT with health professional knowledge and understanding: 

"I have a great interest in the body and the entire health domain, so Health Technology appealed to me because the education has both an emphasis on the technical and, at the same time, the communicative aspect between healthcare professionals and IT." 

And precisely the interaction between people and technology was one of the things that attracted Kia to the studio, but it was not without reservations that she chose a technical education:  

"When I had to choose an education, I was unsure whether it would be too technical for my taste. I didn't have any experience in coding. Still, I quickly found out that there was no expectation of that either, and I quickly became familiar with programming already in the 1st semester.” 

"I think it's really cool that I can both geek out on the technical side and build some complicated logic, but also help define the architecture, talk to the customers, and get the project running. I get to take a lot of responsibility and initiative and try new tasks, making it exciting to go to work every day.” 

From Health Technology to Data & AI

As a Consultant in the Delegate's Data & AI team, Kia no longer has a healthcare angle to her work. Instead, she helps customers create data platforms: 

"I help our customers get the most out of their data - for example, by helping them support their business and achieve growth by gaining insights through data. And then, I am both technically involved in building the data platform, where we collect different data sources and transform and model data. I am also very much involved in the communication with our customers and the clarification of what their needs are.” 

And it is the diversity of Kia's tasks that makes her work exciting: 

"I think it's really cool that I can both geek out on the technical side and build some complicated logic, but also help define the architecture, talk to the customers, and get the project running. I get to take a lot of responsibility and initiative and try new tasks, making it exciting to go to work every day.” 

It creates real value

While Kia was nervous that the training for Health Technology was too technical, she found it necessary to dispel any misunderstandings about working with IT. She emphasizes the importance of IT solutions that create real value and support the customer's needs:

"IT is not just about building some IT. It's about building some IT that actually creates value for users. There is no point in us building a super smart space rocket if no one will use a space rocket. It is important to have the users in focus and clarify their needs on an ongoing basis. And then there are so many degrees of involvement in the technical, where you can choose to go all-in on the technical or be more involved in the dialogue and clarification with the customer." 

What would you say to a woman considering entering the IT industry? 

"You don't have to be afraid of sitting in a basement developing and never seeing the light of day. It is very much about communication and collaboration, and if you think that communication is exciting, then you will also think that IT is exciting.” 

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