LN – He cared for chickens and now dreams of going beyond Silicon Valley

Mauro Bareiro worked at the beginning of the year on a farm; Today he is taking a course in information technology organized by Junior Achievement together with Google that will allow him to aspire to jobs of greater projection Source: LA NACION – Credit: Ignacio Sánchez

Until a few months ago, Mauro Bareiro was dedicated to caring for chickens on a farm. The work was simple, but not for that reason less sacrificed: at 8 AM the birds had to be receiving their first ration of food. Three more would follow throughout the day. Additionally, he had to ensure that they did not lack water, that they did not suffer from the heat or escape. He also had to prevent them from getting sick by vaccinating them against the louse. All this without forgetting the collection of eggs: especially in the morning. At the end of the day, about eight or nine towers of twenty maples should be full of eggs. So from Monday to Friday, in days of eight, nine or ten hours a day.

Immersed in a routine marked by the biological rhythm of hundreds of laying hens, Mauro felt that he wanted something else for his life. But, after a failed attempt in Medicine, his self-esteem turned a deaf ear to that inner voice that told him that the future lay elsewhere. Even so, during the last summer she was encouraged to register as an applicant for a

course in information technology

dictated by Junior Achievement in alliance with Google, completely free of charge. Today it is part of the first cohort that, in a short time, will be able to apply to the labor market in an area of

high demand


“The course is helping me a lot. It not only gave me tools. It also gave me security and a network of contacts that remain forever. It changed my view of things. I, who, in high school, was lazy before,

Now I want to continue learning

. I dream of being able to work with people who know more than me, who are capable of bringing out the best in me, “says this 21-year-old boy, the youngest of four brothers, who today lives with one of them and his mother in a house in Villa Zeballos, an area of ​​Florencio Varela that, in his own words “marks the beginning of a more humble Varela, where there are people who are having a hard time because they don’t have enough to eat. Just my house, which is located on a corner, marks the limit between the asphalt and the dirt streets. ”

Forced to stay at home due to the pandemic, Mauro continues, however, to start his days early in the morning. No longer to take the two buses that separated him from the farm, but to watch videos of the course or study before the start of the

virtual classes

. “Before, my old lady had to wake me up to go to work. Now I watch her get up,” he says proudly.

Mauro Bareiro studies for his classes
Mauro Bareiro studies for his classes Source: LA NACION – Credit: Ignacio Sánchez

Once he finishes studying, Mauro and his classmates will receive a

certified in Google Information Technology Support

, a program designed to prepare, train and develop professionals in basic information technology support roles; which is also complemented by a soft skills module, mentoring and accompaniment by Junior Achievement Argentina. The institution has an agreement with more than ten front-line companies so that they consider the curricula of the graduates to

future personnel requirements

. At present,

registration is open

to the second edition of the course

, which will start next month.

Although it is a requirement to access the course to have a complete secondary, sources from the institution reported that

50% of the students who are studying were working in informal jobs

that were discontinued from quarantine.

“I dream of being able to work with people who know more than me, who are capable of bringing out the best in me,” says Mauro. Source: LA NACION – Credit: Ignacio Sánchez

According to INDEC data,

youth unemployment in the country doubles adult unemployment

, affecting about 20% of the young population.

The situation is more serious in young people living in households with lower incomes

. According to Cippec, Argentina is the country with the highest youth unemployment rate in the region.

“It is exciting to feel the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of the first participants. They went through a rigorous selection process, adapted to a new remote learning model, connect daily with their tutors, and work from home on the online platform with the connection difficulties that some contexts have. A lesson in responsibility and drive, “says Noël Zemborain, executive director of Junior Achievement in Argentina.

“When I finish the course, I will be ready to build my own cell and computer repair venture. Although, obviously, my main objective is to get a job in a company. Hopefully it will be given to me. For next year,

I am seriously evaluating the possibility of enrolling in the university to study Systems Engineering

“Mauro adds, in dialogue with LA NACION from the room he shares with his brother Nachi. There he also connects to take his classes, on a computer that his uncle gave him and that he himself conditioned.

Bareiro connects to the classes with a computer that belonged to his uncle and that he himself conditioned
Bareiro connects to the classes with a computer that belonged to his uncle and that he himself conditioned Source: LA NACION – Credit: Ignacio Sánchez

“I know that if I do well,

you are likely to end up working in another country

. Everyone’s goal is the United States. I do not. I would like to work in Asia: China, India, South Korea or Singapore, “points out this young man who

dreams of being the manager of developments that change people’s lives

. And he has a very illustrative example: “My brother is diabetic and he has to inject insulin every day. I saw that in other countries bracelets are being developed that permanently measure people’s glucose and, if they need it, inject them the insulin they need. Well, I dream of being like the one who invented those bracelets. ”

About the course:

The new edition of the course, which offers to offer the same opportunity that Mauro had to young people who reside in Buenos Aires, are between 18 and 25 years old and possess the complete secondary, begins next month. To know all the requirements and to register, click




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