Please tell us more about yourself.
What do you like most about your career?
There is this excitement that wells up in my heart when I create something or provide a solution to a problem and this career gives me that opportunity every day to be creative and solve problems; that i would say is what i like most about my career. Another thing will be the fact that it has an awesome community with friendly and intelligent people so you are not your own when you face challenges because someone has already faced them.
How did you decide that your current career is the right one for you?
I decided on it because it is creative, collaborative, in demand and it pays well.
What/who motivated you and started your path to what you do now?
I always imagined myself being a programmer but I didn’t believe I could do it. Luckily for me a close friend of mine whom I met in university motivated me and got started me on this path. He got me my first programming book and IDE and kept following me up. He still does.
Have you ever wanted to give up along the way?
Most definitely, I remember a night where I actually had to ask myself what else I could do instead of Tech.
Have you ever felt being a woman in Tech was a disadvantage? If yes, please share an experience.
Yes, I have felt that way a few times when I newly started started out in Tech. There were occasions where colleagues would not give me a chance or would even belittle my efforts or opinions because of my gender or they would instantly assumed that your code is the problem without proper investigation.
How do you handle defeat and/or failure as a woman in a male dominated field?
Accepting defeat or failure is tough for me because I tend to place very high and sometimes unreasonable expectations on myself but what I do is allow myself to be sad for a little while and then look at the situation, pick the lessons and run with it leaving the regrets behind.
What advice would you give to any girl looking to become a software developer?
My advice will be to go head if its your dream and don’t let anyone say you cant do it but don’t become a software developer because its cool or everyone is doing it. Have a conviction for what you do so that when it gets tough at any point, you can always remind yourself of why you do what you do and encourage yourself.
Your favourite quote:
My favourite quote is from Theodore Roosevelt’s The Man in the Arena Speech, though its long but it has inspired me a lot, it goes thus :
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”