Since she was a child, Maria Claudette Schur, 52, was already fond of computing and computing. At the age of 13, he began a course in the area. The dedication was so great that, at the age of seventeen, she received an offer to become an observer and help a teacher in school laboratories. Since then, he has built a career focused on teaching information technology.
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During computer science college, he had five classmates. The scenario only changed when I started earning a degree. The professor says she has always been the only woman where she has worked.
“For a long time I had to prove that I was as good as men. Because, sometimes, when I walked into the room, there were 30 men and no women. They looked at me, like, ‘Wow, will you know how much male teachers are?'”, he recalls.
Among co-workers, doubts were repeated for a long time. “Today I see this scenario differently, and I no longer need to worry about it. Perhaps it is because we are trying to publicize and the media shows women in this area,” he comments. Despite this, course enrollments have not increased over the years.
Today, Univates offers courses in Systems Analysis and Development (EAD), Computer Engineering, Information Technology Management (EAD), Computer Networking (EAD) and CRIE TI, a new specialty, with faster and daytime training.
According to Maria Claudette, the latter attracted girls to enter the area. “At CRI TI we have a female audience of about 20%. It is a large number compared to other courses,” he explains.
Low representation always motivates the teacher to publicize the work of students who reach the end of the course, as a form of incentive. According to Maria Claudette, this is an important process, especially because many give up along the way.
Opportunities exist in all sectors of the technology field: development, management, support and enterprise.
20 years ago, she was the “IT Girl”
Cirley Ennis Sulzbach, 44, faced a similar scenario. When he was about to finish high school, he got a discounted scholarship for an introductory computer course at a school in Estrela. Until then, the student had no knowledge of the area, but on the first day of class, she decided to take an entrance test for a course related to computing.
Cirley joined a class of 50 students, five of whom were women. Throughout the ten seasons of the cycle, they always had more male fellows. But they met and finished their university studies. The computer was not a common item in homes yet.
At the end of 2001, Sirlei moved to Porto Alegre to work on systems development projects at UFRGS and PUCRS, and transferred to a master’s degree in 2002. “So, naturally, I was transferred to the academic field, where I began to teach classes in technical courses, And then, in higher education courses in the field of information technology, ”he recalls.
In those years, she also coordinated IT training courses, and sought to encourage women to join activities and events. Today, Sirlei is a systems analyst and is part of the IT team at an industrial automation company in Lajeado. In the institution, the representation of females is 40% and they strive to have more and more of a voice in the middle.
“I see the job market has opened up. I believe that female ability to organize, decide and care is important to the footprint of identity and quality in what we do. Even if it is challenging, I highly recommend that more women join this unique and promising world.”
What do young women think?
For those who join now, the chances are even greater. Vittoria Luisa, 22, chose the course because of the potential to discover and create innovations that facilitate and help people’s lives. In addition, the growth of opportunities in the region was also a distinguishing factor.
“What I love most is the business possibilities that are being offered. In addition to the power that technology and software development have to change the way things are seen and done on a daily basis,” he highlights.
For her, it is both amazing and challenging to see female software developers, the vision that is given and the importance of a female presence in technology. Today, Vitoria works with data analysis.
The seventh class student states that in history, many women have played important roles in the current technological scenario. He asserts, “We still have a way to go before we can say we occupy our space, but with courage and boldness we will overcome.”
Representation in the sector
- In Brazil, data from the National Home Sample Survey (PNAD) indicates that only 20% of IT professionals are women;
- At the beginning of 2021, the presence of females in technology positions represented 21.5% of the sector, and the presence of males 78.5%. In the first two months of 2022, the figures have already shown progress: women held 23.6% of jobs in this sector, and men 76.4%.
- According to the General Register of Employees and the Unemployed (Caged), female participation in the technology market has grown by 60% in the past five years, from 27,900 women to 44,500 in 2020.
Professor and Assistant Secretary of the Innovation, Science and Technology Secretariat of Rio Grande do Sul, Simon Stalb, highlights the potential of the labor market in the region and the relationship between Promove Lajeado and information technology.
How is the sector for the female audience?
It is a sector in full development, and the main neck today is the lack of qualified professionals. The pandemic has further stifled this “gap” in Brazil. Because with remote work, many global companies have hired Brazilian professionals, which is an excellent opportunity for those who have connections to the region and are seeking to qualify from there. We women are highly proficient in the most technological fields, as we are dedicated and constantly striving for improvement.
Do you notice a change in women’s participation? how long?
Yes, I understand, especially in the past 20 years, this has only gotten more intense. Many women who came before us opened doors and we began to understand that it was possible. I will give an example here. Crie_TI is an immersive and intense training, that lasts for 10 months and has a startup-inspired business model. In the first class we have 30 students, 7 of them are women. This fills us with pride and shows a trend of no turning back.
What is the relationship between Pro_move and the sector?
Pro_Move aims to make Lajeado more innovative and sustainable. For this movement to occur, it is important that strategic and future areas be identified and aligned, and the field of Information Technology and Automation was one of the areas included based on the work developed by Fundação Certi.
Based on this definition, a series of actions and strategies are defined and implemented, including contact with companies and academia, training at different levels and for different audiences, so that a culture in this field can be built and solidified.
What is your path in the region?
All my training focuses on the technology field. And since 2006 I have been working in the field of innovation, especially innovation management, and I can attest to the importance of new technologies to building a more connected and sustainable society.
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