GirlCoder Profile: Lesego Ramela

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I’m more of a “who”, “what”, “where”, “why”, “how” kinda person. I like to know more about my surroundings . I love being around people ,especially those with a different mindset so that I can get to learn more from them, as they say “knowledge is power”. I am a very optimistic girl.
Walk us through your career journey and how you got into I.T?
I first heard of software development in class, at collage after writing my “Hello World” program. I was very curious about what is software, and what can it do in someones life. I have this passion for using software to solve practical problems. I am currently a student at WeThinkCode_ , about to start my second year.
Have you experienced any challenges as a female in this industry and how did you overcome them?
Yes, being the only female in the group when it comes to school projects. Sometimes the boys want to do everything for me thinking that I cant handle it simply because I am a woman and think I will fail, However because I am a woman who knows how to stand up for herself and in what I believe in, I never allow myself be intimidated and undermined because just because I wear a dress.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Coding, I believe Technology is the next ‘IT’ thing.
Whats your advice for other girls considering getting into the tech space? 
Never be intimidated by guys in the industry, its just a myth people saying its a male dominated industry, even us woman can dominate. stop the fear, shyness and never give in to discrimination, intimidation and the discouragement. Don’t mind the “I will never fit-in” , lets support each other and stand strong.

What is your motto in life?

Knowledge is power

Lastly, what do you hope to leave behind as your legacy?

A legacy where woman are dominating in industries that man thought we would fail in them.

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