The Harsh Truth Of Being A Black Woman In Tech | Q&A Video

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Welcome Back! In this video I chat about what it is really like to be a black woman in tech. Also if you are interested in checking out Career Karma, visit this link: [ONLY US RESIDENTS]
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0:00 - Intro
0:33 - Imposter Syndrome
2:04 - Do You Love Your Job
3:07 - Do You Feel Guilt Leaving Job
3:42 - Sponsorship
4:21 - Being A Black Woman In Tech
9:35 - How To Deal With Racism & Sexism
11:40 - Dealing with Burnout
13:32 - Is Tech Industry Worth It
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Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know in the comments your experience in the workplace
AcidLite 11 ай бұрын
This was amazing. Great job and lots of courage IMO to make a video like this. I remember when I went to my orientation for grad school in computer science. It was me and 1 other black person out of 200 something student. I laughed to myself like "maybe it is cause I am at the 10am orientation" lol.
Gbenga Adewusi
Gbenga Adewusi 11 ай бұрын
As I am talking to you I had World class companies running after me this year and they were interested but they saw me for the color of my skin and decided not to move forward with me but still I am in high demand of many companies and I have 4 interviews in this week alone and that’s because I am just brilliant and qualified and grace has been with me so far...I love your videos and i would love to meet you in person am also Nigerian American too let me know when you want to talk
777 Wisdom
777 Wisdom 11 ай бұрын
I'm so glad you addressed this because I was wondering watching your videos for a long time. I already had an Idea because believe it or not these things you speak of exist in every industry.... Glad to see you dump theses issues out in the open.
S R 10 ай бұрын
Love you girl, God/universe bless you
Nikki G
Nikki G 11 ай бұрын
You're literally the reason why I am now a software engineer! I'm a black woman in my late 30's. I watched your video at the beginning of the pandemic and decided to teach myself to code then joined a three month intensive software engineering immersive ! Now I'm making six figures after a year and two months. Thank you sooo much ! keep inspiring and making video's.
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Wow no way! I'm so happy to hear that, congrats!!!
Nikki G
Nikki G 11 ай бұрын
@Bukola Thank you!!! I always refer people to your video's. Especially those interested in switching to a career in tech.
nilleyi 11 ай бұрын
@Nikki G what did you use at first to teach yourself how to code?
Cavi Kutt
Cavi Kutt 11 ай бұрын
@Nicole Goldson, which resources did you use to learn how to code?
Nikki G
Nikki G 11 ай бұрын
@nilleyi I used udemy and did colt steele's web development bootcamp. Then I took a software engineering immersive bootcamp with General Assembly
Debobasket101 11 ай бұрын
I love that you said “I don’t love my job..I’m here because they pay me “ I say this all the time lol😂😂
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Had to keep it real 😅😅😂
Kaya Larue
Kaya Larue 2 ай бұрын
That 😂part took me out😂😂😂 it’s the honesty for me 😅
Sunshine ☀️
Sunshine ☀️ 11 ай бұрын
Great video! As a black woman, I've been working in IT for over 20 years. The stories I could tell. I ended up working 2 full time jobs at the same time to save up to work for myself. And I did! I am so much happier. I got tired of all of the isms and getting passed over for promotions even though I put in the work and was def. qualified. Good luck to all black ladies in tech! 💕
Zen McMillan
Zen McMillan 4 ай бұрын
Can you talk about you experience so we can get a heads up of what we might experience
Targeting Must End
Targeting Must End 3 ай бұрын
Did you end up leaving tech all together or you working for yourself still related to this tech thing?
Ti Bebe
Ti Bebe 11 ай бұрын
'I look at my paycheck, this is why I am here' -> I'm SCREAMING, so much truth in one video!
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Lol we all cope in different ways 😂😂😂
Ti Bebe
Ti Bebe 11 ай бұрын
@Bukola cope all you need! Lord knows I am in the same boat
ZeePintor 11 ай бұрын
My girlfriend is the only black girl in her engineering class, you definitely inspire!
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Awww wishing her all the best!
Keymusabe 10 ай бұрын
@Bukola the game is to push women and black women nothing for other men
TuckerTech 11 ай бұрын
Whenever someone asks me about my "Dream Job", I always tell them "I don't dream of labor." Like whose dream includes working every day? lol also "You're going to get the same discrimination but you will get paid more." That is truly the bottom line.
Chelly Marie
Chelly Marie 11 ай бұрын
Carine Belle
Carine Belle 11 ай бұрын
Jen Ай бұрын
grainofsalt 11 ай бұрын
as a Black person who recently started in tech, I was nodding to your EVERY word. you absolutely nailed it
Will Bridges
Will Bridges 11 ай бұрын
I'm an Engineering Manager and have been in tech for 24 years as an engineer and as a manager. Love seeing this. And yes, these companies aren't loyal. I'm loyal to people, not companies. They will drop you when it doesn't suit their bottom line. Also, I leverage my gender and whiteness to do my best to get black people and specifically black women more opportunities. The company I work for is dedicated to diversity so I'm doing my best to keep them accountable. I keep pressing us to do more and speaking up when I get the chance to not only say we support diversity but to put money in people's pocket. Thanks for keeping it real while also still spreading positivity at the same time.
Sabrina Valenzuela
Sabrina Valenzuela 11 ай бұрын
When I read “I leverage my gender and whiteness…” I was ready to roll my eyes and say, “Ohhh man! 😩” But then I read the rest of your comment and felt relieved.
Will Bridges
Will Bridges 11 ай бұрын
@Sabrina Valenzuela 😂 You thought it was gonna be something else. Glad you read the rest of it.
TheKayleeanna 11 ай бұрын
Hi Will👋🏾 , Thanks for being an ally. Just wanted to add 1 more thing to your attention. Many of the Fortune 100 will tout "diversity"... please also remember to ensure "inclusion" in all roles and levels as well. Kudos to you for not denying the issues tech has had for at least the last 20 yrs that I've been in it. 👍🏾😊👍🏾
Will Bridges
Will Bridges 11 ай бұрын
​ @TheKayleeanna Absolutely. Thanks for calling that out as well. I raised the issue the other day that we needed more women in management on the dev side in an internal channel. I suggested we prioritize reviewing those applications first. It was well received. Nobody in my sphere of influence is getting away with the bare minimum of, for example, just touting black faces and making Juneteenth a holiday without me raising my voice. If we are saying we are doing something that's important to me then I will be the voice to make sure we are being accountable to our words at-all-levels-and-roles. If that reminder is rejected or deflected there's plenty of places that need a manager with my experience level. The biggest challenge I'm trying to address with my current company is getting them to seek out women and non-white men when the applicant pool is thin. I've been doing some work on my own to create a document for suggestions on how they can do this themselves and reaching out to friends for advice.
TheKayleeanna 11 ай бұрын
@Will Bridges Well said. 🙌🏾 Another point that I believe Bukola mentioned in this video. The phrase "minority" is a difficult one in tech. In many places it means "non-white". In tech, it's important to recognize that if we have a room of 20 people and 10 are White males and 10 are Asian males we still do not have "diversity". Tech is greatly lacking in Hispanic and Black perspectives in nearly all roles. Also, to your pt about Juneteenth... I couldn't agree more. 😊👍🏾 Too often over the past 2 decades tech has planted a "diverse" face in a non-technical/STEM seat and called that "diversity". Another thing we need to improve on (and I've changed this when I'm hiring too) is recognizing that "tech minorities" (i.e. non-White males and non-Asian males) tend to suffer from the not applying if they cannot meet the laundry list of items on the job description. Not sure if it will help your company, but I've found it works soooo much better in recruiting "tech minorities" when we as for what we actually want/need.
Ceelove3 11 ай бұрын
Let's not even talk about the additional hoops we have to jump through as black women to be perfect so that we can pave the way for other black women. I feel like if I mess up at my job, they won't hire any more black women. It's stressful.
Jess Tiss
Jess Tiss 8 ай бұрын
Thank you for all your hard work as a trail blazer. I totally feel, love, but it’s time for us to take our Super Woman capes off and take care of OURSELVES first. We’ve had the weight of fighting racism and patriarchy for the past, present and future generations so long, that we grind our own selves down prematurely. We just have to get better about working *together * and learning the laws, documenting incidents and holding these violators accountable n to bring their nonsense to an end. We are already more than enough, without the extra burden of “perfection” when they are confident but barely competent so much of the time lol. It’s time for us to uplift each other and deconstruct these massa-minded systems so that we can break sign these systems of oppression and false elevation. Blessings, Queen!💫
CarMoves 11 ай бұрын
Great video - I'm a white dude software company owner -- you have the perfect mindset -- ignore the haters. Haters respond to their "imposter syndrome" by lashing-out at you. You respond to your "imposter syndrome" by lashing-out at yourself. Don't let it. Truth is that: The Haters hate THEMSELVES more than they hate YOU.
ForwardingallcallstoVM 10 ай бұрын
Exactly right. They hate being themselves…take it out on everybody else or anyone who will listen or look in their direction. They get the grey rock from me.
Targeting Must End
Targeting Must End 3 ай бұрын
Sadly your advice will not be enough as the lady has clearly stated the emotional toll it takes...then there are others who do not get paid the same...then others remain stagnant even after changing companies. Trying to paint a rosy picture by saying a few positive things it not enough
Jacquelyn Dorinda Chic
Jacquelyn Dorinda Chic 2 ай бұрын
Jekson Lucas
Jekson Lucas 7 ай бұрын
As a black tech guy, I so proud of You. You are inspiration for many people!
Iifeisharder 11 ай бұрын
Love your honest answers without trying to sugar coat the truth, its a breath of fresh air
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Definitely some tough topics to cover but I did my best to stay honest, thank you for leaving a comment!
Embargo123 11 ай бұрын
Honestly every time people complain about diversity in tech I feel like i'm taking crazy pills, you just have to look around to see there are hardly any women and minorities in tech roles. The people complaining must have the strongest cognitive dissonance ever, according to them, women and minorities are disproportionately hired because their gender/race, but you only need to have eyes to see hardly any of them are in tech, and it's by far and large, white and asian men in these roles. Those people are just insecure, entitled, under achievers and instead of looking inwardly to see why they didn't get into their desired companies, they like to blame the few minorities and women that actually do get in, who are the best of the best, as if they're taking their jobs. Pathetic. Also just because some tech companies talk a big game about diversity, doesn't mean they actually give a crap about diversity, it's usually virtue signalling nonsense that doesn't amount to any change. Diversity occurs from the top down not the bottom up, so nothing will change while the people who are overrepresented in tech continue to act as gate keepers to entry and only accept people who look like them for 'team fit' reasons.
Vivi’s Pixels
Vivi’s Pixels 11 ай бұрын
girlll good for you for saying "I do this job because they pay me." Hella honest, get that bag 💰
Dineo S
Dineo S 11 ай бұрын
Thank you for addressing the "culture fit" point! I dont feel like I "fit in" and thats okay! Theres nothing wrong with me...🙃
silvia 실뱌
silvia 실뱌 11 ай бұрын
I appreciate the insight of minority women sharing their experiences in tech and how they are balancing work life. It’s very inspiring and encouraging for those (and me) who are looking to pivot into tech 💕
TheKayleeanna 11 ай бұрын
Very well explained Bukola! 👏🏾 ~ A fellow Black woman in tech for the last 20 yrs.
Phyllis Graves
Phyllis Graves 11 ай бұрын
Very good video! I deal with this all the time as a black woman in IT
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Thank you for leaving a comment! So sad we have to deal with this 😞
100Stratusfiedx 11 ай бұрын
I’m not trying to be messy but it’s so funny that the dominant race in tech doesn’t question whether they got easier questions or not. Regardless of the field we’ve all come across people who weren’t the best at their jobs. Great point about social media. In the past 3 years I’ve been way to exposed to negative comments about BW online.
Embargo123 11 ай бұрын
I remember going for a tech role that was only supposed to ask leetcode easy or medium at most as per the preparation instructions, the interviewer gave me a leetcode hard. I didn't know it at the time, but was so perplexed as to why I was struggling. It wasn't even a SWE role. This was the technical screen by the way, not even the onsite. So yh this myth that minorities and women always get easy questions to help them get through, is just that, a myth.
100Stratusfiedx 11 ай бұрын
@Azula odds stacked against them when they make up 80% of tech roles is hilarious. I think I know what post you’re talking about but the one I read about was an Asian hiring manager who said this about black and hispanic candidates. Instead of getting mad at the white men who make up the majority they want to punch down on the other minorities. Part of that post also mentioned that they gave those white candidates easy to medium questions.
Embargo123 11 ай бұрын
@100Stratusfiedx The guy who interviewed me was asian, I hope it wasn't the same guy. 😂
_silentrose 11 ай бұрын
"The same racism/sexism you deal with in tech are the same in other industries that are high paying and majority male industries so you're going to get the same discrimination but you're going to get paid more, you're going to have work-life balance, you're going to have the ability to work from home, you're going to be developing a skill that's valuable and probably going to be valuable for the next 10 years" - THISSSS RIGHT HERE IS EVERYTHING AND IT'S WHAT I HAVE TO REMEMBER 👏👏👏
Mia and Son Navigating Life
Mia and Son Navigating Life 11 ай бұрын
This is def what I needed to hear to transition from what I am going through.
_silentrose 11 ай бұрын
@Mia and Son Navigating Life Exactly!! My transition to tech will be starting soon and this boosted my motivation like no other lol Bukola summarized these reasons perfectly for me ❤️
Patrick Cyiza
Patrick Cyiza 10 ай бұрын
Totally relate. As a black man in tech there is some stuff i don't go through like poeple talking over me or acting like they don't hear me. What does happened regularly is that I'm explaining something to a PM and he looks at someone else to have reassurance about what I'm saying. In one of my previous positions it was even worse. Eventhogh, I was the most qualified engineer they hired, I was constently triple questioned about EACH solution I offered. I was never granted even the slight benefit of the doudt, even if the quality of my work spoke volumes. I constenstenly needed my more geeky/majority looking collegue to vouch for the work I did. It was really like they were waiting and expecting for me to fail. If you are is such a situation where poeple just expect you to fail all the time because "whatever" just leave! In my current position I still go through poeple doudting me in small instances (I think we can't escape this as negatively stereotyped minorities), and I never keep my mouth shut when it happens, but for the most part and I'm trusted and I get recognizion for my work.
ForwardingallcallstoVM 10 ай бұрын
Thanks for sharing this example of when to get in and get just enough experience to land another job with pay raise. Classic example of a job/team just asking to be my stepping stone…
LuhYah Yashar'al
LuhYah Yashar'al 11 ай бұрын
Love it!! I appreciate your honesty. I also work in the Tech industry and I can relate to the trials we face as black women ✊🏾
Bukola 11 ай бұрын
Yeah we go through so much 😞
shesaint 11 ай бұрын
10000% This is exactly why I stopped using twitter. Black women need to remove themselves from a lot of these social conversations and focus on putting ourselves first.
SAVANCE X 9 ай бұрын
I really needed this video too! I've been getting back into tech. I have 6 years of experience I ended up leaving tech for a few months because I felt like I didn't belong and I was tired of dealing with racism. This video has helped me so much! Thank you 🙏🏿
Victor Alagbe
Victor Alagbe 8 ай бұрын
Funny enough, I haven’t felt the imposter syndrome before, I remember my colleague telling me in the first month of resuming work, she said don’t assume all of us know what we are doing 😂, we are just acting. This made me realise everyone is learning and only acting knowledgeable.
MaryMyLifeMyLove 11 ай бұрын
When I tell you this video is speaking to me!!! I’ve always shown interest in tech but never had the opportunity to explore further growing up. The path was set and no one would hear otherwise. Jump to living my own life for myself lol I took a part time to get into tech through the school system. I’m 4th hear full time but now I’m capable of more. Left my tiny town and I’m so close to Google I literally pass it and see it when I’m on vacation and tell myself I’ll be there soon. Thanks for the videos!!
Ebi Draws
Ebi Draws 11 ай бұрын
Great video. Can definitely relate to the only black woman in workplace problem. In my current job I'm the only black female designer, everyone else around me is white . Sometimes it feels like my boss and coworkers kind of use me to show off diverse they are as a company even though that's not the reality. I try not to think about it too much cause in the end of the day I'm just in it for the money but it does get kind of lonesome.
The Cat
The Cat 11 ай бұрын
Honestly I love when you say that I dont love my job but it is ok. I am a software developer and everyday I see people pationate about getting the dream job at FAANG companies and I dont see myself like this. I was thinking, should I be more pationate to do the job well, no. We need a life other than work life. Wonderfull QA session, loved it ❤️🌸
CeeBee90 11 ай бұрын
I once hand an Indian woman as a manager she told me as a woman of color people will try to walk all over me and she was correct! It took me a long time for in my career (almost 10 years!) to learn that I can say no to people even at work. You are there to do your job not make everyone happy that is very hard for the natural people pleasers like myself!
Susan Daniel-Kareem
Susan Daniel-Kareem 11 ай бұрын
I was glued to this video till the end, Weldone Bukola. Sharing videos like this on your experiences and how you deal with them are invaluable
abimbola 11 ай бұрын
completely relate to everything you said in here, the amount of times i've had to over explain or justify beyond necessary why i'm in a given room is uncountable. or the amount of times i have to literally be like 'i just said that' 💀 - but we made it anyway, so props to us!!
Learning & Earning
Learning & Earning 11 ай бұрын
I can’t even imagine making so much money consistently that I get to automate my bills. I worked a short stint as a senior web developer for a Fortune 500 company.. I nailed all my tasks but the system was so old it had to be totally revamped. I had imposter syndrome so bad. I panicked & quit without having a backup job.
janpancake 11 ай бұрын
I completely resonate with not loving your job and feeling no guilt when you move on. I wish more people would feel okay saying this! I enjoy what I do, and it's important that I feel that I'm getting what I need out of my job (technical/professional development, compensation, balance, etc...), because I'm always acutely aware that my company could let me go. They don't really *need* me, and I want to get to a point where I don't need them either. I'm curious - have you always had this mindset? I didn't develop it until I started my first job out of school and saw how companies (and by that, I mean leadership) treat their employees. And that's also why I started my own channel - to build up new skills, learn how to generate forms of income, and build something nobody can take away from me. I've been unsure how to discuss racism and sexism in tech on my own channel, so thank you for sharing your experiences and giving that conversation some momentum.
Cherol Phoshoko
Cherol Phoshoko 11 ай бұрын
The amount of support I receive from this channel is just amazing! Thank you for sharing all this with us!
littlerunner 10 ай бұрын
I've been in tech (software engineer) for 22 years (23, if I count my internship). While I am white, I am a woman and, yeah, it's extremely frustrating at times. It used to be so much worse - I have seen improvements in the last maybe 5 years. However women still are not promoted at the same rates as men, it takes us longer to get to leadership positions, if we are assertive, we are perceived as "aggressive" or "bossy" or "abrasive". While things are better than before (as in, the bias is less blatant and in your face), it still rears its head in other ways. And these less like "actionable" (from an HR perspective) ways, IMO, will be the most difficult to overcome. Because they are also ingrained in society. Tech is an amplification of the larger society (amplification bc the ratio of white men to anyone else is one of the most lopsided careers out there). I don't want to sound pessimistic here as we have made progress, but I'm also very realistic about the situation. 😕
Embargo123 11 ай бұрын
You're absolutely right about your experience of racial discrimination in tech not being restricted to tech but it's pervasive in every industry. I resonated with your experience word for word when I worked as a doctor in a place with no diversity. The saddest thing is how insidious the discrimination is and the constant gaslighting that can drive you crazy. My friends have had similar experiences in their respective industries. Now we only choose to work in teams with high levels of diversity as that's the only way to protect your mental health. When managers and team members are diverse themselves, they tend to see you as a normal person rather than your race +/- gender.
Chrystle K
Chrystle K 11 ай бұрын
I'm glad the negative experiences have not made you feel like quitting tech. Its exhausting sometimes being a black woman in this society in general and then add another layer of a job to it. I agree about not having to love a job. Its a means to an end.
Paola Perez
Paola Perez 11 ай бұрын
You are so honest about how tech roles are. There’s a lot of content that only shows the positive aspects. Your content is so inspiring.
Greidi Ajalik
Greidi Ajalik 11 ай бұрын
Great video! Very honest and inspirational! I really liked your point of not loving the job and thank you for sharing about your experience of being black woman in tech! Cheers!
A E 10 ай бұрын
I think although companies have diversity programs they still hire a particular group selectively to say the least. As a black man I have also been challenged a lot while in school and in the professional workplace. The funny thing is I actually have a degree in Computer Science and those asking me if I have the knowledge do not have a degree which is tech based. It’s a uphill battle where you constantly have to prove yourself.
Alice Yuan
Alice Yuan 11 ай бұрын
Bukola! Your answer around being a black woman in tech was so eloquently spoken. I have had so many of these thoughts that I haven't been able to properly vocalize! Btw I joined devrel at Google recently and I hope we get to meet one day :)
T Mercari
T Mercari 10 ай бұрын
Google NYC?
Vivi Price
Vivi Price 11 ай бұрын
You give me so much hope! I taught myself how to code from the internet and currently learning Data Structures and Algorithms to land a job in tech this year and I battle with the imposter syndrome among other things but, every time my feelings start to get away from me I watch one of your videos on the same topics and it makes me feel seen and capable. So thank you for this video and all the other ones. 👏🏾💘
Crystal Light
Crystal Light 11 ай бұрын
I’m trying to go to school medical billing & coding. I currently work as a CLA for microbiology.
Monique Jones
Monique Jones 11 ай бұрын
I started my first dev position during the lockdown and I've been WFH ever since. Imposter syndrome has been a big hurdle for me to overcome some days. I am also one of 3 POCs with my company. Luckily, the company is pretty inclusive so I don't get any of the ignorant questions. I loved this video!
B. R.
B. R. 8 ай бұрын
Great video! I related to a lot of what you were saying, particularly the micro aggressions and imposter syndrome. These things are all real and have to be navigated accordingly in order to be successful. Just because policies are in place doesn’t mean you won’t still face discrimination within the workplace. You just have to be able to recognize it and it sounds like you have it down. Thanks again for these videos!
PotatoCoder 8 ай бұрын
This is a beautiful video which answers questions that most women and minorities ask themselves. I have been in rooms where I am the only woman and people have talked over me and literally tried to explain and take credit for the same thing that I worked extremely hard for. Its definitely a learning process and as I gained more experience with these situations, I think I've become better equipped to cope with them. This video is a gem for people who are not only new to tech but those who have been there for a while just because all your answers are very well put. You are incredibly wise Bukola and I love tuning into your videos. Thank you for being a role model for so many of us!
Kerlisha T
Kerlisha T 11 ай бұрын
This video gave me so much peace! I'm currently applying for EE jobs and as a black woman, the imposter syndrome is real. Thank you so much for being an inspiration. I love seeing people who look like me living their best life and getting that coin!
kawaii koibito
kawaii koibito 10 ай бұрын
Ayeee!! I'm currently in school for ECE( electrical/computer engineering)
Eddy 7 ай бұрын
I feel you, I'm hispanic and my last name probably gets an auto reject from companies that I know im more than qualified for. I also work as a swe but for a black small company CEO owner, the majority of us are "colored" which to me I feel like I fit in, sadly. That doesn't mean I don't want to work with other people and I would love to prove myself to other companies given the chance!
DiamondFlame45 11 ай бұрын
Girl! I agree with you about loving your job! I love the people who I work with. However, if I am not growing or if I find a job that pays more, I am definitely bouncing! Lol. Also, I think it’s harder being in tech if you are an underrepresented minority in tech aka Black/Hispanic male/female than Asian Male or female because the latter are more common and white passing 💅
QueenGlamxxo 11 ай бұрын
This was so real.. you’re helping lot of people out here.
Abria Johnson-Kinsey
Abria Johnson-Kinsey 11 ай бұрын
Loved this… I’m majoring in English and have thought about switching to tech, but impostor syndrome is absolutely real! Lol Never done anything with coding but I’m definitely willing to learn.
The Black Swan
The Black Swan 4 ай бұрын
It is a battle in itself, but I’m passionate about tech and I always have been since a child so nobody can tell me different. Screw them - we are just as capable, if not better for the role because most of us already come from an oppressed environment and struggle to gain access to better resources, yet we’re not giving up; we keep moving forward. I’m working hard to pave the way for us despite the obstacles. I haven’t endured all of this for nothing - I will be here and I will be respected regardless.
Futwi 11 ай бұрын
Love the brutal honesty! Your content is always on point, and inspiring. You go girl! Love 'em braids! ❤️ FellowBWinTech
Andrew Hitti
Andrew Hitti 11 ай бұрын
You really have to watch this whole video!! Speaking truth in such an easy to understand way on some of the most difficult topics to talk candidly about. This must have been a tough one to make! Keep up the great content! 🙏🏼
Glowing in Tech
Glowing in Tech 10 ай бұрын
such a great articulation of many of the issues we face as Black women in tech! Although we do absolutely love being able to build in tech and being Software Engineers, it can be tough to deal with all the pressure outside of those things
Birdy bleep
Birdy bleep 11 ай бұрын
I am so thankful for your channel and love the Dev Story series. You inspire me so much and are the reason why I keep going!!
Afua Ansah
Afua Ansah 10 ай бұрын
On top of being a black woman, I also had to deal with ageism. People used to be shocked that I was an SME in my 20s
thinktransnational 11 ай бұрын
I’m in a non-tech role at a tech company and legit my number one reason for staying is the salary. I actually like the work and my colleagues, but I also love knowing that if someone tries me I can just throw up my deuces and walk away. I’m also way past imposter syndrome and on the laziness train. Like how much can I get done with as little effort as possible. I no longer ask myself can I do something, but instead I ask do I want to. If it’s an extra project and the answer is yes, I do it (usually cause it has some sort of prof dev piece I can tap into once I leave). If it’s no, I tell my boss to pass it to someone else and keep it moving.
Naturally Nobay
Naturally Nobay 2 ай бұрын
7:27 I love love love how honest you are in this video. I came here from your “I quit” video 💜💜💜
LidsTech 11 ай бұрын
Thanks for being so honest and open about things that ae mostly avoided from being spoken!
Jobs Trekker
Jobs Trekker 11 күн бұрын
I subbed 3 videos ago but this one made me wish I could click 'subscribe' again! Too real when you said people want to mentor folks who remind them of their younger selves. And I'm really sorry I quit my first dev job but as you said, sometimes you have to put your health above the finances!
Tasfia 11 ай бұрын
HI! Amazing video , Im so glad you decided to speak about this topic in your channel!
Engineer Dreams
Engineer Dreams 11 ай бұрын
@2:30 really spoke to me and I can really relate. I didn’t enter the workforce looking for love. I was looking for an opportunity to use my skills to make an impact and provide for my family.
GG (GemiGoddess)
GG (GemiGoddess) 10 ай бұрын
I loved this video! Please do more like these!💚🙏🏾
Kerbsta Rules1
Kerbsta Rules1 9 ай бұрын
Thank you for this video! I watch you always and you really made my day with this video so thank you.
Vanelle Siewe
Vanelle Siewe 10 ай бұрын
I really appreciate what you're doing . Thanks for thinking about us.
Upon 11 ай бұрын
As a black woman who recently transitioned into Tech I really needed this. You have been an inspiration in my Journey .Tnx
Dev D
Dev D Ай бұрын
I really am glad you did this video. I've been in tech since 2016. Prior to my previous jobs were all corporate and I can say confidently, I'll never go back to corporate. It was such a drag. The sole positive things about it was medical benefits. Low pay/average pay. people at your job try yo get u fired to help get themselves to the top and it's very very difficult to climb the corporate ladder (financially) they way you'd like. It literally feels like a rat race everyday. Transitioning to tech; was so not all glamour but it was inspiring bc the work place finally became a place where showing up to work was fun. My first tech job, I was able to work remotely when ever I wanted. I paid through trident which I loved. Benefits and PTO was amazing, unlimited time off. After being in tech for this long, competition is way stiffer ad with the recent layoffs in tech salaries aren't as generous as they once were two years ago. Seems as if companies that would you 130k-140k are now only paying 70k-80k or 90k if that! I appreciate you sharing your experiences. I'm an executive assistant, as a black executive assistant I definitely feel I've been discriminated against by people during the interview process, especially by Chief of Staff's. I always get to final rounds in my interview stages but in my line of work COS's have become crucial necessity to C-Level executives and I know almost all of them I've impress but also intimated too, especially when all the professional prior to the COS are genuinely so excited about pushing you forward but right when you get to speak to the chief of staff it suddenly becomes "Thank you for your time but your suddenly not quality for this role" It's crushing hearing that a thousands times.
Janani Arunachalam
Janani Arunachalam 11 ай бұрын
Hey, Bukola! Love. your videos. Would love to hear your thoughts on how to grow as a Software Engineer after you've landed your first tech job. Like how to contribute to design discussions, soft skills, &c. Thank you!
Everlong 11 ай бұрын
Bloody FANTASTIC vlog!😁😍🤩. So proud and happy to know that young people(black girls) have such people as yourself🤩💃🏿 to assist them on their career paths. Great advice!
Carine Belle
Carine Belle 11 ай бұрын
I came across your video and I am grateful for it. Thanks for sharing your experience, it was refreshing xx
Targeting Must End
Targeting Must End 3 ай бұрын
Good video. You have given many strong stand alone points that are not generic but are eye openers for many looking from the outside in thinking its all rosy.
Tea Cup
Tea Cup 11 ай бұрын
Bukola, I loved hearing your POV on working in tech, and I thought your comments on your experience as a black woman were especially helpful.
Mary Anyah
Mary Anyah 11 ай бұрын
As a newbie in the tech industry, I absolutely love these types of videos 🥰, Thankyou!
Mindset In Bloom
Mindset In Bloom 11 ай бұрын
I really appreciate your honesty of what it's like on the other side. All the YT commercials and various platforms make it look like minorities do not have to deal with things because you are in a higher pay-grade. Thank you and I am looking forward to more content like this.
Hadi Ayoub
Hadi Ayoub 11 ай бұрын
Discovered your channel because I just posted a video about imposter syndrome and wanted to see what else is out there. Glad I did! The part about not needing to love your job was interesting... You are 3-4 years into your tech career right? I bet your answer to this question will change soon. First, 100% agree that you shouldn't lose sight of the fact that it's a business arrangement - but where you work with and who you work with will start to matter more and more (and not *just* from a "the people are nice" perspective - though that's always important). At some point, you will find yourself becoming more and more interested (maybe even obsessed) in your "craft" as a software engineer. The catch is that software is a team game, and ultimately your ability to play at a high level is going to be dictated by the team/company you're in. Maybe the engineers around you aren't that great, or the business isn't in-touch with the engineers, or the tech stack is constraining - any number of things can get in the way of being able to do work to a level you're proud of. In the same way some athletes will go to a team for less money, but higher chance of a championship - you'll start to consider if a place will allow you to apply your craft in a way that meets your standards. Obviously finances are huge part, but it won't be the be-all and end-all. I'd even go as far to say that thinking and caring deeply about your craft becomes a requirement for career progression as a software engineer at one point. Not everyone will go through that though, and plenty of people are totally content collecting a pay cheque and not caring about anything else. If you're unlucky enough to work at a place that skews more towards people with this mentality, as someone who cares about their craft - it is soul sucking. Love your dev stories series btw!
Keisha Gittens
Keisha Gittens 11 ай бұрын
I truly appreciate your honesty in this video
KayTube 11 ай бұрын
Absolutely loved this! Thanks for sharing 💕
________ 11 ай бұрын
Thank you for making this video! This is so awesome!
Dweedle 11 ай бұрын
This video speaks so much to me as a black woman in consulting. Thank you for this!!!
Alexander Mutebi
Alexander Mutebi 11 ай бұрын
Another thing that's very difficult to get your head around (not sure this applies quite as much in the states as other parts of the world) but you might be the first black person people at a company have ever dealt with that isn't serving them, which is a very difficult thing to combat in terms of perception within the workplace.
ButtercupMaude Ай бұрын
As a white woman, it's already bad, I can't imagine having to deal with racism on top of it. It really sucks that we have to deal with all these differents kinds of discrimination when we're just here to work.
Valentine Enedah
Valentine Enedah 11 ай бұрын
I feel finding what you are more passionate about is more sustainable in the long run.
Bwiza Charlotte
Bwiza Charlotte 11 ай бұрын
I totally get not wanting to be on twitter to reduce the negative content you consume. Your mental health can only take so much and its good to be careful of what goes inside your mind.
3684marie1 11 ай бұрын
This is spot on. My function is not tech but I work for a tech co. ditto to everything you said!
colortura 11 ай бұрын
I love your braids Bukola. As usual, your videos are informative and inspiring. Thank you.
Kisaruni Hofmann Ndosi
Kisaruni Hofmann Ndosi 11 ай бұрын
You're saying so many bad ass truths!! I love it!
Joe wallace
Joe wallace 11 ай бұрын
The OG lady giving great advice about being a minority in the tech industry!!!
Solomon 11 ай бұрын
Hey Bukola, thank you for your advice. I’ve been watching your videos for a while! I’m an incoming Cloud technical resident for GCP. Once I get internal access do you mind if I reach out to you? Thanks :)
Lisha Codes
Lisha Codes 11 ай бұрын
That was really reassuring, thanks for the honest answer 😊
Amber Ralph
Amber Ralph 11 ай бұрын
I loved this video!! Thank you so much!
Adrianne Glover
Adrianne Glover 11 ай бұрын
Thank you soooo much this is amazing because I’m in school currently for computer Science and want to be a software engineer.
Amanda Aparecida
Amanda Aparecida 11 ай бұрын
Such interesting topics! I am new to this tec area, working remotelly for a big tech company, so I may not notice all this discrimination for some minorities that I am in, as a black woman. Sad to hear what u suffered :( and just realised that you are the only black woman in tech that I follow o.0
Ambrose Mcduffy
Ambrose Mcduffy 11 ай бұрын
That diversity hire look is always there, unfortunately. I got rid of it somewhat due to code reviews, when I review someone's code (because it's shit most of the time) people have a different look. However, we're changing these things... I'm an optimist in 20 years I think it'll be very less. You're not crazy though. Everything you mentioned I'm going through and went through, but who cares what others think I'm here to make $$$.
Dawgs With Dynamite
Dawgs With Dynamite 8 ай бұрын
Subscribed! Someone who keeps it real!
RainbowSunshineKitty 11 ай бұрын
Black girl excellence! I look at from my grandparents perspective. I have it better because of them. And our children will have it better because of us. Money makes the world go round and I have basic needs that require money. More than I currently make. So I'm on a slightly different journey but hope to get my foot in the tech door next year.
Khin Cho
Khin Cho 11 ай бұрын
Wow, this was the best video so far. Thank you Bukola!
fantastiv 11 ай бұрын
I often have the feeling that I am not good enough and that I am hired because I am a female, the struggle is real!
girl anonymous
girl anonymous 11 ай бұрын
But I don’t care if that’s why they hire me though. It’s the paycheck I care about. If being female got me in the door then I’m going to make the best of it …..for MYSELF.
maddie5851 11 ай бұрын
Just seeing you makes me cry tears of happiness and relief.
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