Adora Nwodo

At young ages, women get discouraged to chase science-related passions and are usually called geeks for doing so. To fully eradicate this problem, we need to attack it from the root and that requires a mindset shift.

Country of origin

Nigeria

Which company do you work for?

Microsoft

What is your specific area of specialisation?

Software Engineering

How long have you been in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields?

5 years

As a woman in a male dominated industry, what has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?

None, I’ve been lucky for the most part, but I see a lot of stereotyping that happens in the industry and I stand against it.

What inspired you to join this industry?

I’ve always loved computers right from a small age.

What changes, if any, have you seen in your field with regards to women in your field?

I’ve seen platforms like SheCodeAfrica and Microsoft LEAP be intentional about training more women in tech. A lot of companies now intentionally hire women and that makes me happy.

How can we attract more women to consider a career in the STEM fields?

To attract more women is to change the mindset that STEM is a male field. I got introduced to computers at a young age and I’m here today.

At young ages, women get discouraged to chase science-related passions and are usually called geeks for doing so. To fully eradicate this problem, we need to attack it from the root and that requires a mindset shift.

I know that it’s impossible to educate everyone, but if we educate the people in our circle and empower them with information that they can use to educate other people, over time, we will teach a lot of people that STEM isn’t just for men only.

If you were to advise other young women starting their careers in the tech or within the STEM fields, what is the one thing you would say to them?

Always see every experience as an opportunity to learn.

When not working, what do you do for fun?

I create YouTube videos on my channel, AdoraHack.

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