Napiya Nubuya

IT Engineer by day, Founder of The Next IT Girl by night


Be the change you want to see, don't conform to society norms or settle.

What do you do?

As an IT Engineer, I am responsible for implementing and managing a company’s IT systems; this is vital because these systems enable organizations to operate and communicate effectively daily.

Why did you choose this field?

I always say tech found me lol I had a love for fashion and design before pursuing technology. I owe my tech career to a trade school I attended while in high school. I enrolled into a digital design course that opened the door of the many possibilities of technology for me and I didn't turn back since that day. Taking that course led me to wanting to know more about Computer Science and what were the career possibilities. By the time I graduated high school going into college I knew I wanted to major in Computer Science.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Definitely being a founder of a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing more African American/ Black girls into technology. I never aspired to be a business owner so early in my career. I saw a need that needed immediate attention and ran with that.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because of the representation I am to younger girls who look exactly like me. I didn't know anyone working in STEM careers until I pursued one. I love showing girls that we don't only have to be what society tells us like; models, secretaries, assistants. Everyday I look forward to being challenged, there isn't a day that's the same working in technology. I love that i'm constantly thinking of solutions and collaborating with other like-minded people.

Best advice for next generation?

Be the change you want to see, don't conform to society norms or settle.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

'Find your inspiration. Your work is not for you, it's for someone else'

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