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Women in Tech! Andela presents the opportunity to explore “one of the most flexible careers in the world”

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Over the years, despite their immense contributions to computing, women have not been fully recognized for their role in the emergence of computers. Yet it is easy to see why computer science was so appealing to women several years ago. Unlike other industrial age jobs at the time, computer science did not require women to have physical strength or do dirty manual labor. They could just sit at a computer, think and type.

Today, with cloud computing and remote work becoming the new rage, women have the increased flexibility they need to balance work and the home. Many female software developers have built great careers in Computing working for technology companies in the United States. By utilizing new technology and tools that allow them work from home, they’re earning foreign exchange while taking care of their families here in Nigeria. Few other career options offer this level of flexibility and ease.

Ada Lovelace the mathematician died at 36, and a lot of the women involved in building the first computer have since passed away. But every time you write on a computer, play a music file or add a number with your phone’s calculator, you are using tools that might not have existed without the involvement of some amazing women.

At Andela, an organization of elite software developers based in Lagos and Nairobi, we believe women have a lot more to contribute to the future of computing, and this is why we are investing a lot of our resources in creating opportunities for Nigerian women in the technology industry. Despite the many challenges, we have been able to ensure that 17.5% of Andela’s software developers are female. But that is still short of our goals. To raise that number further, we’re building all female developer teams and supporting Women in Computing advocacy organizations including TechInPink and She Loves Code.

Andela welcomes ladies of all backgrounds and experiences — even those who have never seen or written a line of code themselves. Qualifications, though respected, are not required. What is required for admission into the organization is that the candidates be hardworking, detail oriented and have an interest in becoming developers.

Andela developer Yetunde Sanni had this to say: “Technology has stretched all over the globe. Africa is rapidly coming online and start-ups with a backbone of innovative ideas are increasingly being planted throughout the continent. Though we have a few women who are part of this but permit me to say more women are already driving down the road to future destination of innovation and technology. In a wink, we’ll be having more of Jessica Mathews and the rest.”

Andela is always recruiting so you can visit andela.com/apply to find out more.

About Andela
Andela identifies high-potential software engineers on the African continent, shapes them into world-class technical leaders, and places them with top technology companies worldwide as full-time, distributed team members. Current company partners range from venture-backed startups like Udacity to industry leaders including Microsoft and IBM. With headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi and NYC, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders.
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6 Comments

  1. Tito

    May 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Hopefully this won’t be one of the threads people ignore….

    As someone who started in computer science and programming, one thing I can say is the analytical skills you develop will serve you well in other aspects of life.

  2. Ij

    May 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I also studied computer science, well actually Internet Technology… so watch this space for my tech venture 🙂

  3. Lala

    May 13, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I have strong analytical skills which don’t seem to find expression on this my life science job. I think this might help give direction.

  4. happynaijawoman

    May 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I have been following Andela’s growth for about a year now. I have a strong interest in web development field, and have even taken courses online even though I have no formal experience in computer science. I would love to join Andela.

    However my issue with Andela is that there is no transparency about compensation. The rumor is that you are paid $5000 for the fellowship, and they ask for a 4 year commitment. Some people are even claiming that the $5000 is for four years, not one year.

    Asking a woman or man who has been working for years, makes maybe $20,000 and has a good degree already, to give you a 4 year commitment for $5,000 a year in LAGOS makes no sense. Andela seems best suited for people who don’t already have strong earning capacity and who do not have much to lose. In which sense they may be missing out on quality applicants. I hope I am wrong about this, but based on what I have read about them online, I have been disappointed.

    If Andela wants to attract women, maybe they should make the process and salary more transparent and less risky. Everyone is different, but some women if they are like me would not invest in a process with no ballpark of how much I am going to be paid and when. They need to reduce the perceived risk involved in the process by providing much more information. They could also waive the requirement to complete NYSC beforehand, so foreign graduates can apply. I’m sure a startup can come up with ways to make their process more flexible (eg. providing conditional offers that only go into effect upon completion of nysc, etc.)

  5. Honeycrown

    May 14, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Every female should learn how to code ….

  6. El

    May 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    The $5000 they give after the 4th year is the money they help fellows save. They take $100 from the salary every month as savings. And after the 4th year (48th month) they give the fellow $4800+$200(extra) for completing the fellowship. The monthly salary is different and is dependent on the level the fellow is. So they pay monthly salary.

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