Breaking into Tech Careers

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The GDSC held an online career discussion on Saturday 24th September 2022 from 10:00 am - 12:20 pm. The event was hosted by Michael Wekesa (GDSC Lead) and Sophia Kariuki (GDSC core lead – Social Media and Marketing). The discussions in the forum, attended by 75 students, focused on the do, don't, and insights from industry professionals on one’s journey in the tech industry.

The professionals on board for the discussion were Ms Nancy Karanja a Senior Software Developer in Test at Safaricom, Mr Chris Orwa, the Head of Data at Sendy, and Ms Eve Kilel a Cloud Security Engineer at Microsoft. They shared their experiences according to their line of work and also the technologies that they use.

Some of the insights shared are that good communication skills go a long way in career development, being actively curious increases chances of achieving one’s goals, networking in events gives one access to opportunities, and following one’s passion always pays off.

Eve Kilel also remarked that it was through Shehacks, an initiative that she founded, that she was able to land her first job. Chris and Nancy also added that their active participation in tech communities enabled them to gain the knowledge needed to land their current jobs.

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