Welcome to our third contribution to our “Women in STEM” series!
Julia and Jaroslava have both been studying Applied Computer Science since September 2021. Although the number of female students has increased in recent years, this degree programme is still mainly dominated by men.
Applied Computer Science is a very diverse degree programme that allows you to work in different professional fields and take on different jobs.
To give you a better insight into this degree programme at TecAlliance, we interviewed Jaroslava and Julia.
Why did you decide on this degree programme/training?
Julia: I chose computer science because I think computers are cool and wanted to learn more about how to use them and – of course – how to program them.
Jaroslava: I come from an IT family, which is why I have been in this environment since birth. I got my first computer when I was 3 years old and since I was 10 years old I knew – IT is an option for me. But since I couldn’t decide exactly which area of IT I wanted to work in, I was very excited about the opportunity to study Applied Computer Science.
Did you already have technical interests beforehand?
Julia: I tried GNU/Linux (especially Gentoo).
Jaroslava: Yes, watching my parents was what got me interested in IT.
What technical topics excite you the most?
Julia: For me, it changes occasionally, depending on what I’ve recently found interesting information about. At the moment, however, my favourite topic is databases. The favourite topic of all time is operating systems.
Jaroslava: Network engineering was one of the most interesting subjects at university for me. Maybe it’s in my genes thanks to my father.
I wrote my first project paper on another subject I’m passionate about – machine learning. Programming, on the other hand, is not really my thing.
What is the distribution of girls/boys in your courses? Do you notice that these are still typically male domains?
Julia: You do notice that computer science is still an unbalanced subject. In my course, the proportion of women is about 13%, and there are four in total.
Jaroslava: Oh yes, you definitely notice the male dominance. Out of the original 33 students, only four of them are women. But it has to be said that in the courses before there were even fewer women. It is noticeable that more and more women are coming into engineering and not because of any quotas, but out of interest.
If you would like to learn more about the dual study programme in Applied Computer Science at TecAlliance, you can find out more here.