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The new educational models in technology: an opportunity for women

The new educational models in technology: an opportunity for women

Traditional teaching in universities and professional training courses has components that limit the flexibility of learning. They are fixed schedules, closed study plans, dates… Some of these elements are transformed into the new models of education in technology.

At 42 Madrid, where there are no teachers or fixed delivery dates, a methodology is tested in which the student sets the standard. And the facilities that this entails favor women in a special way. Some of the people who attend this programming school do so to recycle themselves professionally or to look for new opportunities. So they don’t always have a lot of time.

Teresa Bulungu Lufuluabo, 26, is a classical saxophonist and also a conductor. He landed at 42 because a friend of his was studying there and told him how the center works. «With the Covid I saw the opportunity, because since there has been a break in culture I thought that all this time that I am not giving concerts I can take advantage of it in something else. And that’s why I jumped in. It is something that I have always wanted to learn and that has many opportunities », he relates.

Learning for all levels

Teresa was the typical person who has been good at computers since she was little. If one of hers broke down, they asked her to fix it. She was always attracted to programming, so when she heard about 42 Ella Madrid, she decided to try it. “I was scared because everyone who came in was people who were engineers, physicists or people who were 18 years old but had programmed before. And I thought, you’ll see, as soon as they realize that I have no idea of ​​​​mathematics, they’re going to kick me out of here. But no, not at all. I learned from scratch with them”, says Teresa.

In his case, he had not done a mathematical operation since he was 16, according to his own words. Not so far from the pure sciences was Cristiana Nicoleta Marcu, a 27 year old architect who I was interested in programming and technology. This hobby was combined with the difficulty of finding a permanent position in his profession. After a few years working in studies, from the race, he felt autonomous to train on his own in another subject. He pecked at courses and documentation on the Internet to learn web development until he met 42 Madrid. That was when he gave a boost to his professional recycling.

To enter you do not need to know much about mathematics, computer science or programming. Other aptitudes and attitudes are evaluated, so that the barrier to entry is not technical knowledge. So that no one who has not studied science or engineering will be discriminated against. Not much less for the genre. “The way they have to get people in is a bit blind,” says Teresa. “The criteria to pass, although we are not clear about them, have nothing to do with gender. I think they look at what level you have reached or how much you have helped your teammates. Gender doesn’t interfere at all.”

Although most of her classmates are boys, the philosophy of the school tends to be egalitarian. “They are quite aware of showing that women in science are something totally natural and normal and that if they haven’t been seen until now it’s because of social prejudice,” says Teresa.

Self management of time versus tradition

When it comes to reinventing herself, which is one of the reasons for joining 42 Madrid, Cristiana values ​​the freedom that the school offers. «In the end, someone who reinvents himself is someone who already has a story, who comes with a backpack loaded with things. If you reinvent yourself, you are not going to reinvent yourself at 18. And you need that freedom that gives you the power to go when it suits you, manage my time as I want. And, if it suits me to study from four in the morning to five thirty, I do it there».

The architect appreciates the fact of not having exams or deliveries of the works with a date set in advance. «You do the calendar as you want and it is you who acquires the commitment to go as far as you plan to go. And if you do not arrive, it is your responsibility. I think that almost all of us who recycle ourselves come with this in mind,” Cristiana highlights.

Own time management is an enormous facility for anyone who is reinventing themselves professionally. “In the university years everything has a paternalistic tone«, he points. “In 42 you skip all that. There is no one to tell you how you have to do things, how you have to organize yourself and how they want you to deliver something. There is complete freedom to do what you want. You decide how you want to do it and defend it in front of your teammates. And, if you convince them, that they are the only ones who give you the grades or who judge, in quotes, your work, then you have done well».

This scheme is interesting for those women who have to reconcile family life with studies. Paloma Costa Jiménez believes that self management of time is decisive for it to be possible to organize well. She had been out of work for about seven years. This woman from Valladolid studied Mathematics and then went to Madrid to work in computer consulting. In 2015, after starting her own business that did not work out, she devoted herself to her children. But she had long wanted to return to the working world. Her husband found out about the 42 Madrid teaching model on the radio and told him about it. “This opportunity arose and we jumped at it,” she recalls.

Flexibility as a key value for women

Self management of time is important for anyone looking to reinvent themselves. Well, it is assumed that this type of profile has already occupied part of its time. This can be even more accentuated in the case of some women, for whom flexibility is even more relevant. “In women is where I see the most that this makes a lot of sense and logic,” says Cristiana. “She allows you to combine and lead a family life or a personal life or whatever life you have with continuing to train and continue to grow as a professional. We are still at a time when the value of freedom for women is worth a little more in certain circumstances«.

For Cristiana, the value of flexibility in studies is clear: “The more freedom a woman has in an educational model, the better, because the more success she will have.” At the same time, she stresses, the more restrictions she has, the worse off she will be “because we can’t commit to that much.” Paloma knows first hand the challenge of family reconciliation. «It is true that women have it a little more difficult, because if you have a family and you have children it is difficult to be able to combine it. In the end you take care of your house, your children, no matter how much help you have from your family or your partner. For women, perhaps because of the role we have, it is more difficult for us to access this ».

With her children still young, Paloma admits the advantages of the 42 Madrid model: «It has given me many more opportunities than regulated education, because that way I would not have been able to combine studies. And this yes I can combine it».

Greater reconciliation opportunities

The Valladolid woman has well defined preferences. “To be honest, I’m looking for a job from Monday to Friday that allows me to get home and be with my family and spend the weekends with my family,” he says. It is something that he has already sought with the studies, because he wanted a system that would allow him to reconcile it.

“There came a time when I considered rejoining the world of work and the option was to do a module or something similar, but I couldn’t with the module schedules, because I have small children and it was impossible for me to make it compatible,” explains Paloma. “AND with the 42 method I can coordinate with my husband. Maybe I even dedicate more hours to it than to a module but at the time I can, like weekends or afternoons or nights». A formula to move forward without sacrificing family and personal routines.