27 Nov IDATHA TRAINS JÓVENES A PROGRAMAR
Fabiana Torre (31) and Esteban Gaudenti (21) are the first two Python interns of Jóvenes a Programar that incorporated IDATHA, one of the companies in our ecosystem, to their team. At the same time, they are part of the first generation to graduate from that Program. We met with Sebastián García, co-founder of IDATHA and the students to tell us about the experience. Today they are part of the monitoring team of social networks and continue to be trained, now in databases and soon in Power BI.
“Being one of the first graduates of Youth to program represents a great emotion for me, taking into account the experience I had,” says Fabiana, who had multiple work experiences (sales, customer service, etc.), but knew that his vocation was on the other side. The technology attracted a lot of attention and since she was a child she wondered what was behind the computers. He started as a self-taught tutor to watch online tutorials and learned how to repair computers. In 2017 he learned about Jóvenes a Programar by a morning program where Plan Ceibal technicians spoke. And although he knew that by age he could not enter, he decided to contact them to apply. “At that time I did not have a job and I did not study either. I listened to Jóvenes a Programar and I was interested. I went running to see what it was. I searched the internet, I read everything and I liked it even more, “he says.
Esteban learned about the program through an advertisement on the internet. “I saw it late and it complicated me to get a place. I had to go to San José to take the test and then I enrolled in the course. I finally got a place to study Python in Las Piedras, “he adds.
IDATHA in Jóvenes a Programar
“We came to the Program for the CUTI, which immediately led us to Carinna Bálsamo, responsible for Jóvenes a Programar in Plan Ceibal. That was pharaonic, the decision to start was made in November and they had to coordinate all the efforts to start the courses in March / April. At first it was going to be .NET, Genexus and Testing, but Brechner wanted to include some Python, a programming language used for what is artificial intelligence and that, in turn, has few specialized people. There they called us and we really liked the idea. We take it very seriously, “Sebastian explains.
“The classes were by videoconference. I was going to a UTU in Las Piedras that lent us a room. Bruno González, Sebastián García and Benjamín Machín, gave us classes from Montevideo. It was as if they were there. They achieved a dynamism and helped us to be united among us. It was much more than I had imagined. They accompany you a lot during the 9 months, “says Fabiana. “For me it was also tremendous experience. The relationship between the student teacher is very different from the traditional class. It is much more open and bidirectional. And they are always attentive to our opinions, “adds Esteban. The Program also includes transversal competences. From how to make a resume and how to behave in an interview, to technical English courses, also by videoconference. “My English teacher was from the United States and he had moved to Uruguay very recently, so he spoke very little Spanish. But it was great. He always encouraged us to speak, to consult doubts, etc. And being a small group gave us a lot of confidence, “says Esteban.
First work experience
Once the course was finished, IDATHA wanted to incorporate a student so that he could have his internship in the company. “We did not conceive this process without the practical part, which we understand is the most important. In addition, the training does not end in the classroom. Not only is learning to program, for us it is also learning to work in a technology company with its particularities “, explains Sebastián. At that time there was not a job board formed, today we are moving towards it. “Esteban and Fabiana had both stood out equally. We were going to take one but decided to take them both and we did not regret it. ” On January 15, 2018 the students started the internship. At the beginning there was talk of 6 months but after some evaluation meetings, they were given the possibility to continue. “A little while ago we began to train in database. Sebastian brings us all that theory to complement our training and add value. And then the idea is to continue with Power BI, “explains Fabiana.
Both work from Monday to Friday, six hours. “It’s very good for us to continue studying. I’m in the Faculty of Engineering at this time and Esteban is at the Technological University of Fray Bentos (Utec). ” According to Sebastián, besides being trained, both Esteban and Fabiana are being very productive in what they do. “In IDATHA we sell services that are theirs, they work in the monitoring area of social networks. We put together a new team that we did not conceive without them. ” Consulted by experience, Fabiana confesses to be very grateful for the internship, happy with the work and “happy to have fulfilled the dream of working in a technology company”. Redouble effort in training “There are indicators of Youth to Program very interesting. In the Python group we had very good approval levels. However, out of 1000 students who signed up for the program, today there are 600 wanting to have their internship, and only 54 are doing it, “says Sebastián. For him there has to be a quota of the companies destined to invest in training. “In the conjuncture of Uruguay where there is little manpower, there are 600 young people to continue investing and training,” he adds.
Consulted on the low percentage of women that today has the technological industry, Fabiana said to have been surprised by the amount of enrolled in Jóvenes a Programar. “I expected to be the only one and luckily we are more and more. Programming is not difficult. What you need to have is the desire to learn. And for that there are no limits, neither of age nor gender, “he says. On April 26, Pyxis invited Fabiana to be part of the “Techy Day”, a day organized to raise awareness about the lack of women in the IT industry and encourage young women to consider their future in technology. There she shared her experience and it was more than inspiring for many teenage girls who attended in search of more information. We thank Esteban and Fabiana for sharing their stories, and Sebastián and his team for the great initiative of continuing to train young people in technology. We share information of interest to companies interested in participating in the Program and to young people who want to be trained in programming and testing.
JÓVENES A PROGRAMAR
Plan Ceibal, with the support of CUTI, FOMIN-BID, INEFOP and the main technology companies, organizes programming courses for young people between 17 and 26 who have completed the basic cycle. At the end of the nine-month course, they master one of the main programming languages demanded by the industry (.Net, Python, Genexus or WebUI) or the necessary to work in testing.More than 700 students from 2017 have already received their certificates. To access the courses, no previous experience is required and it is free. For more information you can enter https://jovenesaprogramar.edu.uy/