I’m happy to publish a new interview in this special series, women in tech. Let me introduce to you Bukola Bisuga, a 27 years old Software engineer from Lagos, Nigeria. Another amazing woman, self-taught and very involved in the community. I can’t believe how many women out there are just rocking it in the tech industry. I’m impressed by all these badass women. I am very proud to be part of this community.
Enjoy the interview.
Could you start with a small presentation, so we can get to know you better?
I’m Bukola Bisuga. I’m 27 and I’m from Lagos, Nigeria. Currently, I work as a Software Engineer at Microsoft on Microsoft Mixed Reality team.
I enjoy taking long walks, watching a good movie/show, and spending time with loved ones.
I have a passion for organizing and teaching, so I joined She Code Africa as a Technical Coordinator. I love that I have the opportunity to giveback and help other women get started in their tech careers.
What motivated you to work in a tech field?
I was motivated by all the tech innovation that was happening in the world. Mobile apps, robotics and other new technology quickly became an integral part of our lives and society. I wanted to be a part of that and contribute in my own way.
How did you learn your technical skills? (self-taught, college, bootcamp...)
I have a BSc degree in Geophysics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I started teaching myself how to code in June of 2017. When I knew I had developed an interest in tech, I decided to pursue online & onsite courses to help me improve my learning.
How is it to find a job in tech?
It can be quite challenging. I had no friends/network in tech when I started out. Community and networking are very important in tech, so I joined twitter and She Code Africa to grow my network and increase my access to opportunities.
Have you experienced imposter syndrome? If yes, could you tell us a little about it?
Many times in my career (especially early on) I have felt under-equipped. Mostly because I believed I lacked the foundational knowledge of computer science. Even recently, when I struggle to learn/understand concepts and fundamentals, I feel like – maybe I don’t belong here. But I’m beginning to understand that the feeling means I’m breaking a barrier and achieving things outside my comfort zone. I’m learning to embrace it and use it to my advantage. That way, I can learn more and do better.
How do you feel about being a minority in tech as a female? Have you had any uncomfortable situations to share? Or a funny situation?
I’ve have had a couple of scenarios, where I knew – “this wouldn’t have happened to me if I were male”. I won’t go into details but I think the most important thing is to not dwell on but instead, learn from them. These kind of situations are why you MUST succeed as a woman in tech – to help other women and do your part to ensure they don’t have to go through the same negative experiences.
What do you like about your job?
I enjoy learning and using that knowledge to solve new/existing problems.
Are you happy with your career choice?
Yes, I am. This is probably not the final destination in my career, but I know I’m on the right track.
How do you expect to grow in the future?
I see myself growing into business/product focused roles.
What would you say to a girl/woman who wants to start a career in tech?
Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t – including yourself. Go for it! And even if you don’t succeed at first, you’ll have learnt more about yourself and your journey than if you hadn’t tried at all.
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Tools I use for this site
- I buy all my domain names on Namecheap, as thetrendycoder.com
- The hosting of this website is made on Bluehost.
- The website is created with WordPress.org (and not WordPress.com).
- I use the page builder Elementor because it makes it easy to create modern pages with drag and drop.
- I have multiple websites, and on most of them, I use themes from wpKoi. I love their design, they are very original and work well with Elementor.
- All the designs and images are created using canvas.
- I use Grammarly and languagetool to correct all my spelling and grammar mistakes.
- SEO is a big thing on a website, I use a WordPress plugin called YoastSEO to help me with the basic analysis. I also use a tool called Keysearch for choosing the right keywords.
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