Jaina Ilsa Martincová is currently Head of the Malaysia department at the TESCO SW IT company, where she and her team are currently focusing on systems for the maintenance of theme park equipment in Kuala Lumpur. Since 2018, she has also been a student in the Systems Engineering and Computer Science program at Moravian Business College Olomouc.
Why did you decide to study at MVSO?
After several years of working abroad as a cruise ship stewardess or, for example, as a sales representative at the Dubai Arab Health Expo fair, I returned to the Czech Republic with the goal of completing a university degree. I was accepted to the Faculty of Applied Informatics at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. There was not a Systems Engineering and Computer Science program at MVSO then. In 2018, I gladly took advantage of the opportunity to transfer to Olomouc, mainly due to the focus here on the practical use of the studied subjects and also because commuting to Zlín was inconvenient.
What is it like for you as a woman to study IT, which is still, for the most part, a male-dominated field?
Although men in general may be closer to technical, logical or analytical thinking, still, among my male friends, there are plenty of them who have no knowledge of IT. In spite of this fact, many girls, who might otherwise be interested in IT, are put off by the eventual stiff competition with the men who are already working in this field.
At the present time, women fill approximately ten (10) percent of IT positions in the Czech Republic. By comparison, in the USA, about twenty (20) percent of IT positions are held by women and in India it is thirty-five (35) per cent. Thanks to efforts to attract more girls to this field, the number of female IT students in the Czech Republic is estimated to be growing by about two percent annually.
Today, many young people choose an interesting major, but do not give sufficient thought to its effective application in practice and on the job market. As for me personally, I have always suffered through humanities and social studies subjects. Informatics is so much simpler for me to understand, due to its logical and systematic nature.
By the way, a woman, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was considered to be one of the very first computer programmers in history.
What is your job description and how exactly is it linked to what you study?
I participate in the development and implementation of information systems for customers from the Czech Republic and abroad. My job is quite diverse, from communication with the customer, through development and testing, all the way to installing the applications for customers. In the same way, studying at MVSO offers an insight into various stages of software development. I use the acquired knowledge from various subjects in different situations in practice. In addition, experience gained at work helps me to understand the studied subjects more easily.
Is the program you are studying beneficial to you even though you already work in IT?
There is always something new to learn and studying helps me to expand my range of skills and knowledge. I also have the opportunity to get to know my colleagues, who are, at school, either my teachers or my classmates, a little differently. There is a very friendly atmosphere in our classes and therefore we, as mature students, are not so nervous when it comes to presenting our projects at the end of each course.
How do you feel when some of your colleagues from work are actually teaching you?
It is not easy at all. Especially in the subjects my colleagues teach, I aspire to achieve the best results. The great thing is that, whenever I need to have them explain a given topic to me or could use a helping hand with a class project, I can contact my teacher-colleagues at any time for consultation. Sometimes we even encounter a problem at work that is directly related to a topic we have discussed during our lessons and, in that case, my colleagues can effectively demonstrate the use of theory on practical examples.
Do your colleagues tease you when you mess something up at school?
No, not yet anyway. Although I am afraid that one day I will hear some gossip about how poorly I scored on an exam or something like that. Colleagues who are also my classmates or teachers are an amazing source of support when I am studying for exams or preparing for classes.