name: Fabiola Perez Ramos
Cargo: CEO & Co-Founder of MIOTI Tech & Business School
Date of birth: April 18, 1978 children: Zero
hobby: Read, travel, consume audio-visual content that inspires me.
Studies: Telecom Engineer and Data Scientist from University of Las Palmas/MBA from ESIC/Bachelor of Business Administration from Harvard University
Interview with Fabiola Pérez Ramos, CEO and Co-Founder of MIOTI Tech & Business School
How did you come to the world of ICT?
Ever since I was young, I have felt a lot of interest in engineering. That’s why when it came time to choose a career, I chose telecommunications engineering because at that time there was a boom in the professional offers that big telecom companies were offering. But as the degree progressed, I realized that I did not want to dedicate my entire professional life to be a ‘Cable Engineer’, so I chose to pursue a master’s degree to dedicate myself to project management in ICT sector companies. decided to study.
What do you value most about your job?
Freedom, the power to be the master of my destiny. Being involved in an educational project like MIOTI is a very positive aspect of my professional career. I believe that in the moment we are currently living in, continuing education and training are vital. We have to learn and keep learning, because companies and technologies change every day, and it is essential that we update ourselves. It is imperative to work in current companies and, above all, in technology corporations.
In your opinion, what’s wrong with women not making more bets on studying STEM careers?
From my perspective, there is a lack of job orientation and more female role models. We need to inculcate interest in new technologies in girls from a very young age, thereby facilitating their access to related topics and applications. We should tell them what it means to work in this field through job orientation and always with a practical approach.
Do you think there is a “glass ceiling” in ICT companies? What should be the solution?
I think this threshold is shrinking as there are more examples of women at the helm of large technology companies. However, there is still a long way to go, so it is essential to continue encouraging girls to study STEM careers so that there are more women who can fill these management positions, more female role models.
Can quota policy solve the problem?
What we need is more employability, ambition, and more people who want to change things, and it has nothing to do with sex. We need solutions other than quotas. I think it all comes down to training. If we encourage training for women, they will be able to access these managerial positions more easily, and they will be more interested in doing so. And by training, I don’t just mean technical training, but also team management, department management, company management. In other words, we should also provide this executive training to women as they develop their professional careers in companies.
What difficulties did you have to face to reach the current position you have?
I’ve been fortunate enough to always work in meritocratic companies, so I haven’t faced major challenges due to the fact that I’m a woman. Effort, ambition and a willingness to change things have gotten me where I am now, and fortunately, I haven’t had to face major challenges to achieve it.
Perhaps the main challenge I’ve found working with clients who had more male references when solving a technical problem.
What do you value most about your company with respect to the integration of women?
At MIOTI we are very focused on meritocracy, and aspire to be educational company. In other words, a professional trainee can manage a company or a department.
At MIOTI we do not take into account age, studies, gender etc. What prevails is the attitude, the proactivity, the ambition and the way of doing things, of dealing with the challenges, of being a solver or a solution-maker.
35% of students do not manage to finish high school or equivalent FP. Is there a problem of lack of specialized profiles in education?
It is a fact that there is a problem with secondary education. We are not able to guide the new generation towards a career, a profession, a way of earning a living which can be related to these particular profiles. And the reality is that all jobs are going to be specialized, not only in technology, but also in other areas like industry, design, etc.
Has the studies you have done helped you to fulfill your current job?
The degree has helped me grow as a person and learn how to solve problems on my own and in a self-educated manner. Also, it has helped me to have a training and technical base to do my job in an IT company. But the reality is that what I apply and teach at MIOTI, I have learned through my professional experience in various companies.
Solution to the problem of education in Spain…
It is a joint effort of all. We at MIOTI are contributing to solve this problem with training programs in other specialties and professions of the future.
If you had to give advice to a young person on what to study in order to have a stable job future, where would you guide him?
From my point of view, what the youth want is to try different things. That is, there is no single career, no particular specialization, etc. We are going to be working for more years than ever before, so we need a fluid education that allows us to change jobs and live with that uncertainty and, above all, to adapt to that constant change.
However, in the short term, I would recommend you to opt for newer technologies and future businesses, especially those training courses that deal with the management and value of data, and that we at MIOTI provide. ,
Where do you think the ICT sector is going? In your opinion, what are the trends that are really going to change society?
Those trends that will change society have already arrived. The confluence of different technologies, how are we applying, for example, artificial intelligence, robotics, new interfaces, how to experiment in virtual worlds, everything related to security networks, transactions through blockchain or ChatGPT. All this is already within our reach and is changing the society. In other words, we have entered the phase of the cycle in which we will begin to see the real impact of the application of all these technologies.
AI, automation, robotics, do you really believe that the future depends on people?
Of course, since people are the ones who use these technologies and who figure out how to apply them. Moreover, we are faced with jobs that require us to think more, be more creative, and apply them to the service of society about what can be done with all the technologies that are within our reach and that are indistinguishable from magic. And a feat needs to be achieved. World fairer for all, more egalitarian, etc.
On the other hand, we are going to see a marked change in the workplace, the type of work we do, and how we use these technologies to provide the people and employees of the companies themselves.