By Agnes Wahu,
Today, we will be graduating students from Moringa Core. So what can they expect out in the real world? We asked the experts: our Moringa School alumni who are working and building in the Kenyan tech industry.
Software Engineer at Samasource
“I never dreamt of becoming a coder. I did a Bsc in Information Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University (JKUAT) but never thought to pursue coding.”
John was working as a Systems Admin then web officer but quickly realized that he needed coding skills when he was assigned a task that he could not handle due to insufficient skills. He came across Moringa School on Twitter where he enrolled successfully. After graduation, he applied for a job at Samasource and got hired as a software engineer where he focuses primarily on Ruby. Though challenging, John really enjoys his role. He is able to translate his Moringa School skills into a new technical terrain.
“Moringa School taught me the importance of collaboration through pair programming. UI/UX helped me understand user experience and design,” he says.
His advice to aspiring coders, “Coding is never boring and you will encounter new challenges everyday. It’s all about learning how to learn, and this skill alone will ensure you are able to keep up at the speed this industry evolves.”
Analyst in Operations Hub at Barclays
Moringa School students come from all walks of professional life, We’ve had lawyers, bankers and graphic designers. We’ve even had a mechatronic engineer: meet Teresa! She describes herself as a “ball of energy”. After getting a degree in mechatronic engineering at Dedan Kimathi University, Teresa decided to shift gears and become a software developer.
Prior to Moringa School she undertook 5 years of Mechatronic Engineering at Dedan Kimathi University. Never did she think of becoming a software engineer. Her dream was to become a pilot but it proved to be too expensive and that is when she settled for engineering. During her 5th year in campus as she did a project on building an automated guided (AGV) and used Arduino. She realised that coding was fun. She heard about Moringa School from a friend from a previous cohort, enrolled and was accepted. Through Moringa School she joined Barclays Product Lab when she did a project with her group. Right after Moringa she landed her first job at Barclays where she has been for 16 months, Her work involves digitization of all banking processes that involve paper by making use of Java and Android.
One thing Teresa learned at Moringa School is that software is a team sport.
Her advice to students, “Do not try to do everything at the same time. Find that one thing that you are passionate about and be good at it. ”
Engineer at Safaricom
“After campus I tried looking for a job but failed in most interviews. I lacked skills that most employers were looking for and that’s when I realised that I needed a more solid foundation to make the transition to full-time developer. Campus relied heavily on theory but most companies were dealing with practical work.”
Cynthia then started researching on potential schools to attend in order to enhance her skills. Moringa School was recommended to her by a friend from a previous cohort. She went through the admission process and was accepted. After graduation Cynthia landed herself a job at Safaricom as an engineer.
“There are a lot of opportunities for learning and personal growth at Safaricom. The soft skills I acquired from Moringa have enabled me to have good working relationships, I am able to express myself better and work in teams easily due to the collaboration skills I gained during pair programming.”
Her advice to aspiring students, ”Everything is possible, it only requires vision and focus and knowing what you want in life.”
Gaseema Ndungu, Software Developer at Bitsoko
“I enrolled for BioChemistry at the University of Nairobi but did not find it interesting and so I started looking for something I was more passionate about. I discovered that I loved tech and so I chose to follow that path,” explains Gaseema.
Gaseema started on some self-learning but found it difficult and that’s when he began searching for a good coding school. He found Moringa School on Google and developed an immediate interest. He went through the admission process and was accepted successfully.
“Moringa School is unique. It allows students to master skills through collaborative projects and discussions. This encourages students to teach and learn concepts from each other with the guidance of their instructors. By allowing students to partake in their own learning, they are able to own the knowledge they achieve, which in turn builds confidence,” adds Gaseema.
After graduation, Gaseema worked for Moringa School as a Hacker In Residence (HIR) for several months and then moved to Bitsoko where he is currently working as a software developer. It was challenging as he started off but has been able to learn on the job.
“Moringa taught me to deliver quality work even under pressure and has helped me know how to solve big tasks by breaking them into sub-tasks. There currently is a high demand for skilled software developers in the job market. Moringa School imparts you with the necessary practical skills that the employers are looking for,” he says.
His advice to aspiring students: “Taking your time is vital when learning development and tech in general. Rushing only wastes time, practice makes perfect but the learning never stops.”
This could be you. Would you like to begin your journey in programming? Apply now to join our next class.