On November 10th, the TalTech Innovation and Business center Mektory hosts the IT-Day targeted to a few hundred high school students, welcoming IT-professionals to introduce the possibilities of the IT-sector and inspire freshman students to choose IT as a career.
Helen Kalamäe, one of the organizers of the event and a member of the Student Council of the IT Faculty says that the purpose of the event, taking place for the sixth time, is to break the stereotype that in the field of IT, one can only work as a developer writing a code. „Our wish is to show that studying IT opens up a myriad of exciting possibilities in the world of work. Information technology is a field with many development possibilities that is moving forward fast and dynamically. Our goal is to educate young people about various self-realization possibilities in the world of IT,“ explains Kalamäe. At first glance, the number of IT professions may seem overwhelming for high schoolers and first-year students at the university, she adds. „With the IT-Day, we wish to support young people who find it difficult to understand what are the tasks of a systems architect, UX/UI designer or a CTO of an enterprise,“ explains Kalamäe, who is a second-year student of Business Information Technology.
Kalle Tammemäe, the Director of TalTech IT College and Vice-Dean for Bachelor Studies noted that every year, the admission becomes more competitive. „This year we broke another record – 1063 new students started their studies in our bachelor and master programs,“ said Tammemäe. „This shows that young people have a high and conscious interest in the field of IT, reflecting the general understanding that studying IT is a reasonable step,“ he added. „University studies require long-term effort and commitment, giving future specialists the necessary skills for the world of work,“ added Kalle Tammemäe.
The speakers of the IT-Day at Mektory include Kalle Tammemäe, the Vice-Dean for Bachelor Studies, Ago Luberg, the Program Director of Informatics, Martin Valler, Digital Transformation Architect of Icefire, Tarmo Tali, VP of Engineering and Data, Aleks Koha, the CEO and Founder of Promoty, Nino Gulashivili, the Technical Project Manager of Playtech, Siim Vene, the Information Technology Architect of SMIT and the IT Systems Administration Program Manager, Tuuli Trei, the User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) Designer of Avalanche Labs and Sören Hejnfelt, the Chief Business Development Officer of Finestmedia.
Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the organizers guarantee the dispersion of spectators at the venue. Face masks and disinfectants will be provided.