Emmi Kranz, who studies Software and Service Engineering as her major subject, was faced with a small crisis as a bachelor student of computer science. The field of computer science – a natural choice for someone who grew up amid technology and games – was no longer something she embraced. 'I was originally interested in computer science, because I thought cyber security was my thing. Then I noticed that it was too wide and technical,' Kranz says.
She even tried to switch her major subject from computer science to information networks. When this failed, she picked up her courage and decided to find her place among students of computer science. 'I noticed that there aren’t that many people like myself in computer science, which I assumed meant that I was needed and that there must also be jobs available for me.'
Now Kranz is a second-year master student and warmly recommends her master’s programme. The major programme of Software and Service Engineering provides the opportunity to choose and find a focus area that matches one’s interests. The goal of the major subject is to teach students skills that are required in modern organisations. They teach design as well as developing and managing digital products and services. Master’s studies also improve the ability to solve complex problems impacted by human, social and organisational factors alike.
Kranz considers the major subject to be suitable for those who consider other areas of computer science too technical. The field of computer science does not need coders alone. 'In computer science, the human aspect often only comes as an afterthought: a fancy user interface is developed, and then you realise: no one knows how to use this.'
Kranz wants to approach technology and other things from a human perspective. She is also interested in, for example, how group spirit between humans is created and how people form groups. This has resulted in her becoming a tutor for exchange students and to head the Martha club of Tietokilta, the guild for computer science students.
Martha club is intended for students who seek communal activities but not necessarily wild parties. 'The idea is for us to be together, talk and do things with our hands, such as crochet or bake buns.'
Dreaming of a job that combines technology and working with people
According to Kranz, she used to be a quiet young geek girl, who loved to play, read fantasy books and dance. At home, computer science was strongly present, as Kranz’s father also played a lot of computer games and knew much about computers.