You, Me and Butwal Coder Girls
The story begins from my early childhood, when my father bought me a computer while I was studying in grade two. Having been groomed up in an IT environment right from my childhood, my passion in IT increased gradually.
When I was in grade nine, I was determined to transform this interest of mine into a career. At that time, I was introduced with the scope of IT and its importance by our computer teacher, Baburam Bhusal sir. Since then, my interest in IT increased and I was much more attached to him in discussing different computer related topics and programming in school. He saw huge IT potential in me and started encouraging me for the IT field. I also have a very supportive family circle who wants me to do something good in this sector.
After completing my education, I want to pursue my career as a system analyst as its scope is increasing day by day in a developing country like Nepal. Many friends may not be aware what a system analyst is. The system analysts are responsible for performing the feasibility study of systems. They prepare software requirement specifications based on the requirements of the stakeholders. They research problems, plan solutions, recommend software and systems, and co-ordinate development to meet business or other requirements. They also help programmers during the development of software.
I am more interested in sharing my knowledge with my friends like a teacher. Thus, I have been involved with the Butwal Coder Girls since its inception. There are several reasons why I got involved with the Coder Girls. After joining Butwal Coder Girls, I got a lot of new experience of working with new people of IT field. The trainings and seminars that I got involved with helped a lot in boosting my skills, knowledge, and confidence. As of today, I am glad that I entered the field of IT.
Butwal Coder Girls is a platform where the girls involved in IT can share their knowledge, learn more from others and show their talents in different fields. This group focuses on bringing the shy faces forward and provide them with proper training so that they become competent. Though this club is founded by few girls from third, fifth and seventh-semester girls of Butwal Multiple Campus, we intend to provide technical support and leadership development to all those IT girls. Not only we are providers of knowledge, we are also some innovative knowledge seekers who also organize various national level IT meetings and workshops to strengthen ourselves too.
Lots of people think, why only girls? And, why not boys too? As we all know that a girl entering the IT field in a country like ours is still not considered a good thing. People still think the technical subjects are for boys only. Our society still doesn’t consider girls being busy in laptop and mobile phones as a good thing. Whereas, on the other hand, boys get that liberty. Similarly, girls also cannot attend the trainings and workshops like boys as they have a compulsion of reaching home at a certain time. So, girls are not able to get the opportunities like the boys do and we want to eliminate these hurdles. We want to facilitate the girls facing such problems by arranging sessions in a friendly manner.
We would like to expand this group into a big IT organization in future and get involved with other technology giants at a national and international level. We also aim to provide IT related trainings and support to other girls and provide them with job opportunities after getting well-established.
To all those girls who are in a dilemma whether or not to enter the IT field, what I want to say is this is a very vast field with lots of potential from where you can gain a lot. Technology is an ever-changing frontier. So, I encourage all the interested girls out there to join this field. As far as my experience goes, I can assure you that you will have a bright future ahead. If you are interested, Butwal Coder Girls will always stand by your side and you are always welcomed.
By Binita Gyawali
The writer is IT Manager at Butwal Coder Girls. She is currently pursuing BSc CSIT 3rd semester at Butwal Multiple Campus.