I wanted to get a job in a tech field but after the frustrations of job seeking and non-retained internships, my hope started waning. Just when I was about to give up, I had an opportunity to get involved in the Code Girls level up program by the Women In Technology Uganda (WITU). What started out as an intensive program in application development, UX/UI design and CERT trainings became an eye opener. I saw first-hand through the networking events Barbara took us to and the mock interview sessions how the tech world really works. Two months into the program, I got a job interview with Medecins sans frontiers-Swiss (Doctors without borders). Three days later, I got the job! I am glad I joined the level-up program at WITU; it has polished me, equipped me with skills and shaped me into an employable young woman in tech!
Tusubira Brenda joined WITU CLSP program while in her S.6 vacation,in the Jan to March 2016 Cohort with no hope of joining university due to financial status at home. Brenda enrolled for the three months Career, Leadership and Life Skills training Program (CLSP). The training empowers the girls with employable skills as well as helping the girls confidently apply the skills that they have acquired. The curriculum shapes attitudes and equips the girls with practical skills on key soft skills that are a core component of employment requirements in Uganda. With the skills acquired Brenda wrote a good application letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV). She confidently expressed herself during the interviews, thus getting a job with Uhy Thakkar & Associates Certified public accountant, ST & Associates in Kololo Kampala Uganda.
After graduation from the CLSP program, Nabbale Fazirah’s business started with 100,000 and she has 300,000 working capital and is excited about scaling and growing it to open a shop.
Nassolo Maureen joined WITU in 2014 and graduated later that year. She also ran a Printing and Binding business at Nasser Road while pursuing her degree in Social Sciences.
During the entrepreneurship classes, Nassiwa Bena identified that her home area needed a grocery shop. She developed a plan and implemented it and now owns a shop with hopes to expand.