Katherine Alexandra Chuquimarca Yánez
Telecommunication System Engineer, Computer Science Teacher
I am 30 years old, and I currently work as a computer science teacher. I studied Telecommunication Systems’s degree and a Master's Degree in Teaching for Compulsory Secondary Education, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Tell us about your career path.
Why did you choose a STEM profession?
Was your interest in STEM encouraged?

The main reason why I decided to study Engineering and dedicate my career to STEM is because I really wanted to belong to the new world’s development and be part of ICT.



How was your university experience? Do you have any memorable experiences to share?

My experience at university was amazing, I met people from different countries and made lifelong friendships. Even though exams were hard (some of them lasted like even 5 hours), me and all my colleagues spent a really good time studying together at the library, those are my most memorable experiences. Nowadays, those friends are also profession mates.

Where do you work?
What would you do during a typical day at work? What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have been working in different companies as an IT consultant but now I am a Computing Science teacher in VET.

What are your plans and aspirations for the future?

My main aspiration for the future is being part of STEM as a trainer for future generations. I would like to give them some tools and knowledge so they can become part of the change within the technological world.

What do you like to do outside of work? What are your passions and hobbies?

Working as a teacher, I don’t have a lot of free time because I have a lot of work to do at home. But when I’m on vacation or some days off I enjoy reading, dancing and travelling. I do love knowing new places, different cultures and always discovering something new.

What advice would you give to other young girls and women who plan to pursue a STEM career?

My main advice would just to not be afraid of Maths, Physics, or any subject related to Sciences! They can look frightening at some point when you are in High School, but you should keep working and studying hard, and never be afraid of asking for help to clarify all your questions you may have.