Good IT solutions require different values
Belmina Pasic loves making the pieces in big data puzzles fit. A passion that has nothing to do with gender, but is all about loving to solve problems, using logic and analytical thinking.
It was by chance that Belmina Pasic found herself on the IT path. But she fell in love with the profession right away, because here she tests her brain every day by setting big data puzzles. And if some pieces are missing or don't fit together, she can't create the full picture of the problem she needs to solve.
"I love the way you get a result immediately – you can see straight away if you've done it right. So it's really like fitting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together: either you see the whole picture, or you don't," explains Belmina, who is originally from Bosnia but came to Denmark in the early 1990s and has worked at Systematic since 1999.
Coding is fun
Here she spent her first 10 years coding. A discipline that is reminiscent of American films, where a geek sits in a dark room in his mother's basement eating pizza and drinking Coke while typing incomprehensible rows of numbers and characters into a computer. And which to many women may seem mysterious, boring and far from reality.
But it's not. Because as Belmina says, someone has coded everything we use every day on our smartphones and computers - like Mobilepay, online banking or various key applications.
"There's IT behind everything we work and play with every day. It also means that this profession requires many different skills which is why it's important that women in particular discover that IT isn't actually so dangerous and mysterious - quite the opposite," says Belmina Pasic.
IT in the school curriculum
She believes that the many prejudices about the profession stem from the fact that neither women nor men know what it really involves. Programming is not a big part of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, and therefore IT subjects are uncharted territory when young people have later decided which ongoing education to follow.
"Neither young women nor young men know what the profession is about. And to change that, either IT subjects should be introduced in primary schools, or there need to be more leisure activities where children get to see what it's all about. Any toddler who enjoys brain-teasers such as Rubik’s Cubes will think it's fun to try coding. They just need to be given the chance to try it out," says Belmina.
For her, IT is not about gender, but about a love of problem solving, logic and analytical thinking.
"I always knew that I wanted to do something related to maths or physics because I found it fun and exciting. But at secondary school, my best friend chose programming as his study programme, and so did I. And since I was going to continue studying, it was natural to follow that path. And I've never regretted it," says Belmina.
Plenty of development opportunities
After coding for more than 10 years she worked in project management for some years, and today she works in process improvement at Systematic.
The task here is to get many different people to work together to create a complete software system that delivers data of the right quality, so that the system includes, for example, the work of all the professional groups in a hospital.
"Working with processes gives a realistic picture of what it takes for a large group of people to succeed in putting together a big data puzzle. Some work on one corner of the puzzle, some work on another corner. And how do we organise ourselves so that in the end it’s all a single picture, with no missing pieces, that looks like the picture on the box? That, I think, is incredibly exciting," says Belmina, who never tires of solving the obstacles that prevent a computer from doing what she wants it to.
"The more values we have in play, the better solutions and changes we can create. And here, masculine and feminine values are just two of many examples. Age, cultural background and skills from different sectors and types of education also provide diversity. So good IT solutions require many different values," she says.
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Name: Belmina Pasic
Position at Systematic: Senior Manager
Educational background: Master in Computer Science
Previous work experience: Software development, project management, process optimisation