by Holly Tyler, Marketing Director
To celebrate International Women's Day 2023, we caught up with Junior QA Engineer, Afia Antwiwaa Osei, to find out how she got into tech, what inspires her and what she'd like to see more of in the future.
Q: How did you get into the industry?
A: I was introduced into the Tech Industry during my Senior High School days at Methodist Girls’ High School, Mamfe-Akuapem. At the time, I had no interest whatsoever in Mathematics but my maths teacher who told me the secret to winning the battle in the maths world was constant practising and consistency. Upon taking this advice, a deeper hunger was ignited in me and I began asking questions about the applications of Mathematics. Coincidentally, I joined the Robotics Club where I had finally learnt that things as simple as the gradient of a line was being applied in the software to help a robot travel a distance and can survive under any given conditions. This phenomenon was called an Autonomous Rescue and I was amazed at how mathematics could solve real life problems. The competitions organised by the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation was an eye opener and that was the start for me.
Q: What do you like about it?
The tech space is diverse, consisting of a wide range of careers, not just for the technical side of the role but also within leadership. There is the constant innovation and development of new technologies because technology has become an integral part in our lives and there is a growing demand for skilled tech workers, making job security in the industry relatively high. The tech industry is constantly evolving, providing opportunities to work on new and exciting projects that push the boundaries of what is possible, unleashing the chances of career growth. It can also offer flexibility in terms of work arrangements, such as the ability to work remotely or on flexible schedules, which can be particularly beneficial for women who may have caregiving responsibilities or other commitments outside of work.
Q: What would you like to see more of in the industry to bring in more women?
More women should be given tech roles, especially in leadership positions so we are properly represented and they can serve as role models to the younger generation. It would be exciting to see that more women are encouraged constantly to take interest in STEM fields at a younger age and once the interest is ignited, it should be dutifully nurtured so as to grow the number of women in the industry.
Q: Do you have any observations on being a woman in tech?
I have observed that women who possess certain qualities always thrive in the tech industry. They are usually strong willed, purposeful, bold, outspoken but of course good natured, hardworking and and lastly must be consistent and take opportunities to better themselves.
Q: Are there any women or female organisations that inspire you?
Like the saying by Porter Gale goes, "Your network is your net worth." My unending tech journey was made possible by learning and following in the footsteps of some predecessors. Ivy Barley, Nana Efua Benyaw and Lily Edinam Botsyoe. The women have guided me both knowingly and unknowingly and I’m grateful to them. My circle of friends has also been a stronghold.
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