Gulgun was one of the women who participated in our 2022 annual mentorship program. Read about her experiences together with us at Atlas Copco.
Education: MSc. Industrial management and Innovation
University: Uppsala University
Mentor: Maria Gundersen
I am orginally from Masalli, Azerbaijan however grown up in the capital – Baku, and pursued my bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Baku Engineering University. Right after my bachelor’s, I applied for a master's degree in a few universities around Europe and got accepted at Uppsala University. Moreover, I was granted with Visby scholarship from Swedish Insitute. In 2022, I completed my master’s degree as well. Now, I am working in Stockholm as a junior developer but still live in lovely Uppsala.
It was a stressful time for me as I was studying, searching for a topic/field for my thesis, and meanwhile looking for a job. Nothing was clear and sure about my future plans at that time, and while looking for jobs I came across with this program. The program was offering more than I could desire, and I was lucky that found the right program at the right time. I read the interviews of mentees and decided to apply. To be honest, I have applied with a super amateur CV but a self-express motivation letter. When I got a call from my mentor to be – Maria, it was the first positive news that came into my life at that time.
Tell us briefly about your experiences of the program
Honestly, I can say that I have gotten more than what I expected from the program. We planned some meetings with my mentor and talked about the set topics. I got very practical reviews from her on my CV, and the way how to apply for jobs in the Swedish market as a foreigner woman. Moreover, I had a meeting with HRs, and they mentioned useful matters about my behavioral tests. I can say that it was also a very important point as many companies require these tests while job applications. So, it gives you the advantage to know the core of the requirements.
Many things… Some truth that I knew actually was not correct, having a certain style and approach can influence your route hugely, it is always better to ask for direction and help in finding your way.
I got a job that would have been super challenging and time-consuming without this program. I also got helpful advice that made my journey worthwhile.
Definitely yes, even just witnessing these powerful women in charge will make you well-motivated. By observing them, their work-life balance will teach you many things as a female.
Yes, as I had a chance to tour around the company, meet people, and get information about the culture in Atlas Copco, I can tell that it is one of the best places where you can pursue your career.
I have already got a job as I mentioned before, so now I am planning to improve my skills and have a well-planned career path. For my adequately starting, I want to thank Atlas Copco and my dear mentor, Maria, for her light on my way.