Published by Nancy Momanyi,
Moringa School Staff
Figuring out what you want to do in life is not always easy. There are some people who know exactly what they want to do from a very young age but that was not the case for 26 year old John Mutavi who is the class rep of Moringa Core 5. Before joining Moringa School he was in law school and then he joined accountancy. Becoming a Web Developer is not something he had ever considered. I always thought to become a programmer you need to have done a degree in computer science or be a geeky introvert who spend time alone typing commands on a computer, he says. He is the exact opposite so at first he never thought that he would make it to the last day. He feels that he has made a lot of progress since he started out in August last year.
Most women normally shy away from tech related careers but this is not the case with Virginia Ndung’u who is one of the most active members of her class. She is one of the three girls who will be graduating from her class. She is grateful that Moringa School has exposed her to several Women in Tech networks from the monthly meet ups that are organized by the school. She believes that anyone can learn how code and wants to be an ambassador of more Women in Tech movements. Naturally women are creative thinkers which is a skill that is required in the tech industry, she says. She is glad that she came to Moringa School.
Gitu Mbugua who joined the program immediately after high school has always wanted to be a Software Developer for as long as he can remember. He has been a tech enthusiast since he was in high school. When he finished he tried learning how to code using online resources but he hit a lot of blockers. He needed a community of developers. He searched for coding boot camps in Kenya and came across Moringa School. He admits that joining Moringa School is the best decision he has ever made.
Andrew Anampiu who is the technical mentor of the class says that he has seen a lot of growth in his students since the program started. He particularly loves that they have learnt how to pitch their ideas in front of a panel. Other than having technical competence it is also an important skill for programmers to know how to work in a team and present their ideas. Most tech companies are searching for developers with all rounded soft skills and he believes his class is ready to join the tech industry.