Women’s Month: Alumna: Boipelo Motshabi

Graduated: 2018 with a Diploma in Information Technology
Current position: Software Developer at FNB

What does your job entail?
I translate business requirement into software requirements and then develop software solutions for clients and customers.

What is the coolest/ most exciting thing about your job?
I get to use technology to solve the world’s problems and improve our daily lives.

What made you pursue a career in IT?
Honestly, I didn’t choose IT, it chose me. I was awarded with a scholarship to study at Belgium Campus and that’s where my love for IT began. It has only grown from there and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What does Women’s Month mean to you?
Women’s Month reminds us of the women of 1996 who bravely stood up for our rights. It is a reminder to dream big and boldly, despite the gender stereotypes that still exist today.

Are you inspired by any women in the IT field?
The women I work with inspire me. Seeing them in leadership positions and watching them take charge in boardrooms filled with men, motivates me to work hard to reach my professional goals. Representation is important. If women do not see women in leadership positions, it is much harder for them to envision themselves in such positions.

What advice do you have for women considering a career in IT?
Work hard and let your work speak for itself. You will walk into many rooms where you will be the only female, don’t feel intimidated. Be bold, believe in yourself, and embrace the beauty in breaking the stereotype.

-Louise Fuller