SheTec Spotlight on Jessica Stark

SheTec Spotlight on Jessica Stark

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“Believe in what your heart and stomach tells you and focus your time where you have your passion. Never be afraid to fail. Failure is part of life and you will learn so much during your journey.” ­ Jessica Stark

Jessica Stark is an entrepreneur with vast experience in marketing, business development and communication. She is the CEO and Co-­founder of SUP46 (Start­Up People Of Sweden).

Reason to choose STEM industry: It was when I started working as the Communication Manager at KTH 2002. So to be honest, it was more of a coincidence. I was looking for a job in Stockholm, heard about the position and applied.

Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in media studies from Karlstad University. I also studied public relations at Pace University in New York.

Role Models and Mentors: Many people have influenced me, especially people that have the gut to choose their own path and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. It is also extremely inspiring to see our 50+ startup members work hard to realize their dreams every day.

Career Accomplishments:Being one of the co-founders of SUP46. We have worked so hard to make this happen.

Best thing about being in STEM: All of the brilliant people I have the opportunity to meet and have come to know. I also love to be in an innovative environment, which definitely stands for the future.

Challenges faces: One of my biggest challenges was when I was burnt out 10 years ago. It took me almost a year to be able to work full­time again and it was terrible to feel so bad. But that challenge also made me much stronger. I learned a lot about myself that I really see benefits of even today.    

Advice for women in STEM: Believe in what your heart and stomach tells you and focus your time where you have your passion. Never be afraid to fail. Failure is part of life and you will learn so much during your journey. Always try to establish and build a great network so you have people you trust that can support you. And last but not least, be willing to give back to others!

Smartest move in your career: I would say to have the gut to start SUP46 even though a lot of people told me it would never work. So my smartest move is; listen to others but make your own decisions and believe in yourself.

Best advice given to you: “You will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ­ Mark Twain

Saleha Amir

I am Career Adviser @SheTec. In addition to that I am an independent IT Recruitment Consultant @SimSamCareers by profession and Henna Artist @StockholmHennaClub by passion. :-)

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