Mina, a young female developer is breaking gender stereotypes about the IT industry

A secondary school graduate from Niksic has participated in a support programme that helps teenagers choose their future profession

Milica Bogdanović
Mina Kontić
UNICEF Crna Gora / Duško Miljanić / 2021
21 October 2021

Podgorica, 21 October 2021 - Mina Kontic loves graphic design and programming. This 17-year-old girl from Niksic is dreaming of becoming a web designer after she finishes secondary school. Thanks to the “Prilike” (Opportunities) programme, implemented by the NGO ADP-Zid, with the support of UNICEF and the financial support of the TUI Care Foundation, Mina was given the opportunity to learn the basics of digital marketing and programming through practical training at a digital agency.

Mina Kontić
UNICEF Montenegro/ Duško Miljanić / 2021
Mina Kontić, a 17-year-old girl from Niksic, talking about her dream to become a web designer after she finishes secondary school, in Podgorica, in August 2021.

I have had the chance to meet people who were already doing a job that I would like to do in the future. I have realized that what I was learning at school can be applied in practice.

Mina Kontić, a 17-year-old girl from Nikšić

The practical training has allowed her to see how a modern company works and what challenges IT professionals face.

Although designers mostly work for clients who have their own wishes and requirements, we can still be authentic and show our creativity in this industry.

Mina Kontić, a 17-year-old girl from Nikšić
Mina Kontić, a 17-year-old girl from Niksic
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021
Mina Kontić, a 17-year-old girl from Niksic, learning the basics of digital marketing and programming through practical training at a digital agency, u Podgorici, u avgustu 2021.

In addition to graphic design, which she is studying at the "Petar Lubarda" Secondary School for Art in Cetinje, Mina is also interested in programming. "It's particularly interesting for me because we all use smartphones, but we are not aware that there are hours and hours of someone's work and coding behind every application that allow us to use all those programs."

The poor representation of women in the IT industry is common not only in Montenegro. At the beginning of 2021, the UN announced that only 26% of women worked in that field worldwide.

However, by virtue of her example, Mina is showing that girls are interested in the field of information technology and that they can be successful in this industry if they receive support for their work and talent.

Eighty percent of those who study graphic design in my school are girls, and girls are getting increasingly interested in this job. That is how we are striving to break down the stereotype that jobs in the IT industry are only for men.

Mina Kontić, a 17-year-old girl from Nikšić

Milutin Pavicevic from the agency Alicorn also says that, although people expect more men to be interested in programming techniques, women are becoming increasingly interested in this profession.

Milutin Pavićević from the "Alicorn" agency explains why it is important for them to cooperate with young people and to hear what their interests are regarding occupations in the future, in Podgorica, in August 2021.
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021
Milutin Pavićević from the "Alicorn" agency explains why it is important for them to cooperate with young people and to hear what their interests are regarding occupations in the future, in Podgorica, in August 2021.

It is important for us to include adolescents with whom we will cooperate in the future and to find out what they are interested in, what their vision is, and how they see the workplace of the future, so that we can adjust in time.

Milutin Pavićević from the agency Alicorn

The programme of UNICEF and TUI Care Foundation "Prilike” (Opportunities) is giving adolescents from Montenegro the opportunity to become acquainted with the labour market and to gain new skills and their first practical experience in the occupations they want to pursue.

Through this programme, we are additionally empowering girls who want to peek into the world of professions in the field of science or information technologies, especially those who have not had the opportunity to try it out so far.

Ivana Bošković, UNICEF National Consultant for the "Prilike" programme
Ivana Bošković, UNICEF's national consultant for the "Opportunities" program, explains how girls are additionally empowered through the Opportunities program, in Podgorica, in August 2021.
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2021
Ivana Bošković, UNICEF national consultant for the "Prilike" programme, explains how girls are additionally empowered through the Prilike programme, in Podgorica, in August 2021.

All interested secondary school students from Montenegro can apply for practical training via the following link >>>

https://www.zid.org.me/component/k2/item/1707-ne-propusti-priliku

This programme will continue to draw attention to the need for programmes and services that help adolescents acquire and improve knowledge and skills for the labour market and to make decisions regarding their education and future occupation.

This will empower adolescents to decide on their future careers independently. The programme’s long-term goal is to contribute to the successful transition of adolescents from education to the labour market and ultimately reduce youth unemployment.