Markus Feyh - former student in Software Engineering and Management
Markus Feyh from the US graduated in 2013 from the international Bachelor's programme in Software Engineering and Management and is currently working in the E-commerce field.
As a youngster, Markus played a lot of computer games, mostly MMORPG, i.e. massive multiplayer online role-playing games, which is a genre of computer role-playing games where a large number of players interact with each other in a virtual world.
‘Swedish players were really good. I knew the internet was good, and it is a modern society’, Markus says. ‘That was about what I knew about Sweden”.
The computer games and socializing with Swedish players opened his eyes to studying in Sweden. In 2010, Markus packed his bags and moved to Gothenburg.
‘I studied for three years. The first year focused on logic, algorithms and SQL with Java. The second year expanded to architecture and functional programming in Erlang. Finally, the third year was a whole class project where you could pick a focus. I did a NORDPLUS exchange semester in Oslo that year.’
‘Studying in Sweden was a time full of opportunities and the studies were interesting, Markus says. The Swedish professors and lecturers were so humble, so it was easy to ask questions. Also, there were lots of project based courses that mimicked the real world challenges I would face after graduation’.
The time in Sweden prepared Markus for working life
Today, Markus works at the e-commerce company The RealReal, a marketplace for the resale of luxury goods.
‘I am managing a team of eighteen software engineers that focus on building software systems to support the merchandising, photography and pricing of luxury items.’
‘Getting a degree in software helped me start my career, and gave companies confidence that I had technical experience. During the studies, I was constantly grouped with others which helped me learn how to collaborate well, and also created life long friendships. I am satisfied to have gone into the field of software, it has opened a lot of opportunities to solve problems that I would not have been able to without these skills.’
What does the future look like?
‘It's hard to predict the future, but I tried to set some goals when I was studying about where life would go and I believe they have all come true.’
‘I think change is part of life, and I believe the future is bright. I've worked in fintech, healthcare tech, and social media before working in e-commerce, and I could have never predicted that’.
What are your best tips and advice for new students studying in the programme?
'Be flexible to the changes life brings. Change might seem scary, but you will benefit from seeking a broad set of experiences.'
Interview: Camilla Jara, 2022