Thanks to her, I will add two entities to my Women in tech communities and organizations list: ShecodeAfrica and Google Womentech Makers. So much to learn from her. Enjoy her story!
Could you start with a small presentation, so we can get to know you better?
My name is Bukola Johnson, I am a Platform Engineer at Hellofresh, a Nigerian , based in Germany.
I am passionate about solving problems with technology and bringing change and Inclusion into Tech.
As someone that is interested in increasing the visibility of women in technology. I volunteer at SheCodeAfrica as a DevOps coordinator where I mentor ladies interested in moving into cloud/DevOps.
I am also an ambassador for Google Womentech Makers (WTM) program and a co-organizer at the WTM Berlin Chapter.
When I am not doing all the techy and mentoring stuff , you can find me sewing simple outfits for myself as I learned how to sew awhile back.
What motivated you to work in a tech field?
I actually studied computer science and started working in tech right after school , I started as a Helpdesk support staff almost 15 years ago when I did my internship and that was how I got interested to know more about it as I saw tech as a problem-solving field.
How did you learn your technical skills? (self-taught, college, bootcamp...)
Mostly self taught and learning on the job. I learn using resourcing online, for me the best way I learn is by using video resources and official documentation.
How is it to find a job in tech?
I would say its pretty easy to find a tech job once you have the right skills needed for the job. Because Tech is in high demand and there are a lot of opportunities to explore in this space.
Have you experienced imposter syndrome? If yes, could you tell us a little about it?
I don’t like to call it imposter syndrome because thats a strong combination of words always used for women but in the real sense I think everyone have a felling of anxiety or uncertainty at some point in their life or career . For example, joining a new team, learning a new skill , or speaking at an event, one might feel a little anxious but we overcome that as time passes by . So YES I feel this too but I don’t let it stop me.
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?
Been the only woman in the team is part of what made me joined community where I can help to bring inclusion into the tech . I don’t feel uncomfortable though but I was just curious why women don’t come into tech , so I wanted to be a part of the women that will change that narrative and we are already doing that.
What do you like about your job?
I love the fact that we keep learning , there is always something new to learn and you have to keep updating yourself to stay up to date with technologies.
Are you happy with your career choice?
Yes absolutely love what I do , I wouldn’t have wished for a different path.
How do you expect to grow in the future?
In the future I will love to focus on developer relations , building communities and helping more women in tech . i already started doing this as I find so much joy in it.
What would you say to a girl/woman who wants to start a career in tech?
I would say – Never give up , be self motivated , That is one thing that keeps me going . And don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Would you like to share anything else?
If you want to follow Bukola here are her Twitter, LinkedIn, and personal website :
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.
- To handle affiliate links, I use two platforms: impact and ShareASale.
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