Hi Kacper, you work as a consultant at Unicus. Tell us a little about yourself and your work at Unicus.
How do you feel about your consulting colleagues at Unicus?
For me, it is a big plus that I have had the opportunity to meet similar people like myself. Some I have had a very good contact with and they have become my friends. People with austism have great precision in the language and we do not expect the person we are talking to to read between the lines. In conversations with neurotypical people, I make an effort to understand what is not being said and that is one of the reasons why I get tired of social contacts. Here I have a small community where I can relax. I can be open about how I feel and no one takes it badly if I say no to an activity if I feel I need to prioritize recovery.
What about your assignment at Vattenfall?
My job is to create interactive reports that are used by the business. The reports can be described as small gadgets that are linked to a database and when a user presses a graph, it needs to be linked to the correct data. So I work both a bit with the graphical interface and get to code a bit in the background as well so that it will work as I want.
How was it to get started with the job when you stepped on your assignment??
In the beginning it was a lot to get acquainted with, but I took the help of my work buddy when something felt unclear. Since we work in sprints in two weeks, I always know what to do and if I have questions, I know who to turn to. It feels really good and I feel that I have developed since the start.
What did you do before you started with us??
I studied IT for almost three years but did not graduate. When the pandemic came, I started looking for a job instead, and that’s how I came to Unicus. During the education I have studied programming, computer game design but also database management.
How did you experience the interview process when you were introduced to Vattenfall?
It was a bit stressful, but since my consulting manager Sara was with me, I felt that I was not alone and with her I was safe all the way. She pushed me through the recruitment process and highlighted my strengths, which is something I have had a hard time coping with on my own before. Sara also frequently checked in with me the first weeks on the project to make sure I was doing well. Even though it was not something I needed help with, she felt good about her commitment.
What do you do in your spare time?
Most of my free time is spent practicing martial arts and and walking the dog. I have a German Shepherd and it needs a lot of exercise, so we go for long walks in the forest near where I live. I am definitely a dog person and if I did not have a dog it would be something that was missing in my life.
I have had an interest in martial arts since childhood, but have tried a few different variants over the years. Today I practice Karate Kyokushin and kickboxing. I am a person who has a lot of energy and if I do not exercise I can become restless. I notice that I become more focused and enduring in front of the computer thanks to the fact that I train.