Women Techsters Beneficiaries Spotlight: Jessica Tebogo
July 13, 2021|
Asides equipping women with digital and deep tech skills to bridge the gender divide within the technology ecosystems, one of the major objectives of the Women Techsters initiative is to help these women access decent work and gain financial independence and stability.
Recently, one of the Women Techsters Fellows from South Africa, Jessica Mfisa Tebogo, secured an internship with a tech firm in South Africa. We are excited about this development and are encouraged to keep creating opportunities for people to learn and acquire skills that will take them one step closer towards financial inclusion. In a conversation with Jessica, she shared with us how she got into the Fellowship, her learning experience so far, and an encouraging word for young women like her.
Read the excerpt below.
However, being a beneficiary of the Women Techsters Initiative has encouraged me and has equipped me with the skills required to enter the industry. I am a lot more confident than I used to be, and now, I have landed an internship in my desired field. I believe this opportunity would set me up for even more opportunities that would help me reach my career goals.
Another challenge is the cost of internet subscription. The price of an internet subscription is relatively high here in South Africa. Although I'm lucky to have constant access to the internet, there have been many times when it has posed a challenge.
I believe that if I can complete this program, it would be a fantastic feat. After this, I can also beat my chest and say I kickstarted my tech career in a pandemic
There is indeed a noticeable gender gap in the tech world, but the world is fast evolving. As a resultTech4Dev and other similar initiatives are working tirelessly to bridge that gap. I am a testament to this, so can you.
Congratulations, Jessica! We wish you all the best even as you begin this new phase in your career.
About the Women Techsters Fellowship:
The Women Techsters Fellowship is one of the programs under the Women Techsters Initiative. It is a year-long learning program delivered through 4 months of intensive training, a 6-month internship and enrolment into a mentorship program, to equip women with skills to build tech careers and tech-enabled businesses. For the next ten years, multiple cohorts will be executed over a 12-month timeline using standardized learning curriculums across five learning tracks.