In the life of every person there comes a moment when you have to choose. It does not matter, whether it is cheese in a store or an educational institution, what matters is that you have to make a decision. From childhood we define our skills, pulls us towards art or science, knitting or playing football, to each his own. And depending on what is interesting, we need to make a decision. The decision is difficult and you need to weigh the pros and cons, choose exactly what you want, and not your aunt – uncle – brother – matchmaker wants. Since my school years I loved exact sciences, history and literature did not arouse interest, so I decided to enter a technical university. At school there were pre-university training courses for entry into the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, I signed up for them. To say that it was difficult to say nothing, because such a heightened schedule, a bunch of tasks and tests will make anyone feel tension. But what’s next? What to choose? Before my eyes there were many faculties, departments, letters, numbers … It is difficult to understand all this, but it is possible. I have chosen several faculties, among them TEF and FIOT.
And I entered! At TEF, he was a first priority. Happiness knew no bounds. And now the long-awaited moment of choosing a specialization. Again this choice, we must decide, but such is life and it forces us to make decisions whether they are correct or not. I was very fond of computers, it was easy for me and I chosed the specialty “Computer-integrated technological processes and production” at the Department of ATEP. At the time, I had no idea what that meant, but the name was attractive. And what is behind this clever and encrypted phrase? For a person on the street, this is a collection of words, but this is not at all the case, later everything will become clear.
From the first years of study it was not easy, since I am a responsible person, I do not skip classes, I do everything on time. There are many activities, everything is varied, interesting and informative, and each subject carries something different and new. Nevertheless, in the first years of almost all specialties, classes are similar and it was difficult to understand how one specialty differs from another.
The most interesting thing started on the 4th course. Then almost all subjects were in the specialty and I began to understand who I am and where I should go. Everyone found for himself what he was interested in. The subject that won me over is “SCADA”, in simple words, data acquisition and process control systems. Then we studied several more types of the same systems and I realized that I liked this and I would like to do this. The coolest thing after graduating from the department is that no matter what object to automate, we can do everything. The most important thing is that we understand how to do it correctly, because the entire base obtained will be useful in the future.
In my 6th year at the institute, I was actively looking for work. It was hard to find, almost impossible, especially for a girl. But, without giving up, I sent my resume to all technical companies in a row, maybe I’ll be lucky. And lucky! They called me back, invited me to one interview, the second, and finally hired me. Here, I am an employee of Eknis-Ukraine, but for some reason no one trusts me anything, and the management does not believe at all that a female can be a techie.
Taking my willpower into a fist, using all my best qualities and working overwhelmingly, I proved that women techies exist and they are no worse than men are! The management recognized that not only men are smart, but women very often have qualities that men are not available. These are perseverance, attentiveness and endurance.
Now I have been working here for more than 5 years, I am the head of the automation systems development group. I have two people subordinate to me and they are both female. We are engaged in the development and implementation of automation systems. Now we are engaged in automated dispatch control systems and substation automation. Current projects now include the automated process control system EGOK “GPP-7” in Komsomolsk, automation of GIS-330kV CHPP-5 in Kiev, dispatching of Mezhevsky Distribution Zone in the Dnipropetrovsk region. The main task of our group is to create a high-quality interface for the dispatching system for operating personnel and ensure the stability of its work. Based on the results of 5 years of work, we have developed dispatching systems for almost the entire Dnipropetrovsk region, taking into account two central dispatch points, many high-voltage substations in Kiev and other facilities throughout Ukraine.
And most importantly, it doesn’t matter who you will be after graduation: a designer, adjuster, installer or SCADA developer, the main thing is that you like it. The main thing is to believe that everything will work out and make every effort.
But you ask, what did the department give? I will answer – it taught me how to learn and set me on the right path, it helped me find my place in life. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for?