Exploring Career Opportunities in Technology for Women in Africa in the 21st Century

Have you ever wondered how time moves so fast? Things are changing at a higher rate and we all need to keep up to survive in this generation we are living in. No wonder our parents’ definition of having a career and the current generation’s definition of a career differ greatly.

With the emergence of technology, life is not the same anymore. Everything and everyone is embracing the new ways of doing things-especially in Africa. The technology landscape has been changing and new trends have been emerging and transforming the world especially our careers. Some of the latest most fascinating technologies include the 3D printing machines, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Drones, Internet of Things (IoT), and Mobile Money Banking/Transfer Systems.

However, one thing is for sure, women in Africa have been left behind. Therefore, it is vital to first understand why and then implement ways to help improve this existing black hole. There are several resources that are available online for free for anyone to use to explore a career and interest in technology. For instance, to learn coding and programing, one can use the existing online e-learning platform like https://www.codecademy.com, http://www.w3schools.com, https://www.udacity.com among others. In addition, there are technology programs and fellowships like http://meltwater.org that provide training in software development, conferences, summits, incubators. Therefore, no one should have any excuse.

All these opportunities provides anyone with interest in pursuing a career in technology an exclusive space for professional and personal growth. Therefore, African women should not be left behind. Let us hold each other’s hand and move forward together.

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