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FutuStories - Meet Freyr, Senior Fullstack Developer

31-08-2021Culture

In another life, Freyr might have been a sea captain, but the ocean’s loss is Futurice’s gain as he swapped his childhood dream for life as a developer. If space travel is ever on the cards though, all bets are off!

Maria Sabbah

Head of Marketing, Stockholm

What – or who – has inspired you?

I’ve been listening to hip hop for as long as I can remember, and I think it’s shaped the way I behave. G-Unit, 50 Cent and those guys were pretty cool back in the day and I still listen to them now. The most influential people have been the teachers I’ve met along the way, and I’ve been very lucky with that. The ones I remember are the ones who could handle me – I wasn’t as calm when I was a kid! They showed me patience and understanding and I’ll always remember how they conducted themselves.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a sea captain on one of those big ships – that was the goal.

So what changed?

I got extremely seasick and then I realised that I’m scared of the sea! It looks so much nicer in the movies.

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First, I went into engineering which is pretty heavy on physics and maths. I was more interested in people than just being under the hood, so I moved into programming and consultancy and fell in love with it. I really feel like I’ve found my passion now – I can apply the problem-solving skills I learned from maths and physics while also working closely with people.

How did you end up doing what you’re doing now?

I realised pretty quickly that I wouldn’t be a sea captain, and the next best thing was to work on mechanical stuff so I went into engineering. Engineering is pretty heavy on physics and maths, but I was more interested in people than just being under the hood, so I moved into programming and consultancy and fell in love with it. I really feel like I’ve found my passion now – I can apply the problem-solving skills I learned from maths and physics while also working closely with people.

How did you come to work at Futurice?

Many people from Iceland go to university in Denmark, but one of the main reasons for studying abroad is to get out of your comfort zone, so I didn’t follow. I chose Stockholm – I loved my studies and really enjoy living here, so I have no plans to leave. I saw the Futurice offices when I was walking home from university one day and googled them. They seemed like a good company so I applied. It’s a perfect fit for me – they’re great with technology but they’re really a people company, and that’s what helps them achieve what they want to.

What’s your favourite quote?

“It is what it is.” I say it about a hundred times a day!

What are the best and worst things about working from home?

The best thing is you don’t meet many people! You can dress how you want, you’re at your house and you don’t need to travel to work. But the best things have also become the worst. Not meeting people means you’re not having those 10-minute disruptive talks in the office – I used to find them distracting but now I really miss them.

And what’s on your desk?

Always the same things: energy drinks, hot sauce and my PS4. I do love gaming, but I’m not playing so often at the moment because I don’t want to be sitting at the same desk the whole day. When I finish work now, I want to go outside and see the sun – it was different when I was coming home from work and could play to unwind. And back to the hot sauce, you’d be surprised at how much of my food it goes on. I try it on most things, and if it works I add more!

What’s your biggest dream?

Space travel. If Elon Musk gets it right, maybe one day we can go! I’ve always been fascinated by how big everything is, so trying to travel as far as possible from this planet would be cool. I’m sure it will be possible one day – I just hope I’m still here when it is!


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