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Upgrade Yourself: Tech & Code with Tolúlọpẹ́ Ògúnrẹ̀mí

27 Jul 2020

The latest Upgrade Yourself featured Tolúlọpẹ́ Ògúnrẹ̀mí from organisation Coders of Colour, who spoke openly and insightfully about her career in coding and the technology sector. Tolúlọpẹ spoke about how she got her foot in the door, offering practical advice around working freelance, business ideas and building networks.

Watch Tolúlọpẹ́’s online session below and hear how she approaches her working day and keeps motivated, thriving off the impact she makes on people’s lives, seeing young people approach coding for the first time and achieving successful results. There’s lots of inspiration and insight into tech roles here, with tech language explained, so grab your pen and paper, sit back & enjoy. 

Q&A with Tolúlpẹ́

Please introduce yourself and give a brief description about your current role/career 

My name is Tolúlọpẹ́ and I run Coders of Colour, a not-for-profit organisation that teaches young people of colour to code for free. I have always been very interested in computers and started teaching myself to code at 13. I really love the endless possibilities you can have with code! I studied Mathematics and Computer Science at university. It was an interesting time, but definitely worth it. Running Coders of Colour, I organise and facilitate workshops and courses for young people of colour. 

What is the worst moment of your career so far, how did you show resilience and bounce back? 

I would say the worst moment so far has been being gaslit by a sponsor. In all honesty, being able to talk it out with people around me really helped. It allowed me to clear my head and focus on what is important - teaching young people to code. 

What was the best piece of advice you were ever given? 

Even if you don't have any money, you can always give someone your gratitude.

As the world is systematically changing, what does a future creative career look like after Covid-19? 

A future creative career looks very digital. In this time, we will embrace digital media and events more than ever before. 


Top Tips 

  • Decide what you want to make and work backwards from there.
  • Sign-up for a GITHUB account where you can host and review code, manage projects and build software.
  • Don’t be too protective of your pitch, there are so many ideas out there already, share your work and ideas and ask questions,
  • Remember the value you bring to your projects.



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