WeThinkCode_ is a one of a kind tech training academy that has created a fresh and innovative approach to coding education. Since its inception in 2015, WeThinkCode_ has worked to close the skills gap in the digital sector and prepare youth to participate in the
WeThinkCode_ produces graduates that enter the marketplace ready for work, with over 93% of its graduates now in full-time employment. WeThinkCode_ has produced over 500 graduates to date, has established three campuses across South Africa, and has over 55 partners hiring its highly skilled software developers.
My name is Gugu Zitha, and I am a student at WeThinkCode, and thanks to Digiata for sponsoring my studies. I have gained so many skills and confidence in System Development, and I must emphasise how passionate I am in this field and looking forward to learning more. This would not be possible without Digiata sponsors. I am very grateful for this opportunity and for making my dreams come true. I thought that with my experience and what I have learned previously that I knew so much. But it felt like I started from zero, so I’m learning a lot. It’s peer-to-peer learning, so we have to talk to each other so that you can get by, otherwise, you’re not going to know anything if you’re scared to ask. It’s been a journey. I’m growing and I’m happy with it because my coding experience today has grown. I’ve learned how to solve problems and I’ve learned how to be confident. I think I can be a tech guru in the next two or three years. So I’m very happy with WeThinkCode. I think it is the best place to be if you want to be a coder.
My name is Khanyisile Gama, a student at WeThinkCode. Thanks to Digiata for sponsoring my education, with the opportunity Digiata has given me, I can now pursue my dreams and become the best software developer. I am very grateful to be part of the program. I’m learning a lot about my future field of practice. I’m learning about what it takes to become software developer in terms of coding, meeting deadlines, importance of effective communication with your team members most important how to tackle problem solving A challenge that I had to overcome in the programme was being shy. I was always that quiet person during a group project. But people want you to talk. They want to know what I’m thinking and know what my opinion is. So it showed me how to speak to an audience and how to interact with people. My biggest highlight is overcoming the fear of an audience. This opportunity means a lot to me because I just realised this field has a lot of potential and a lot of industries are looking for people like me. I think it’s going to open doors for me. Also, I think I’m going to learn a lot and I will become the person that I want to be because I want to become a full-stack developer. So I want to learn more, maybe to start a company in the future and maybe who knows, I’ll be one of the sponsors of WeThinkCode one day.
When I found out about WeThinkCode, I was like, “Oh, this is the perfect way to upskill myself as well as not having to pay for it”, I couldn’t afford to go back to school. So I thought this was a great opportunity in an industry that’s growing right now. My biggest highlight is group work. Sometimes you get very scared because everybody’s on a different level. I was a complete beginner, and then you have some people who have coded before, who studied computer science. But I’ve really liked the group work aspect of it. I was never one to ask for help. But the programme forces you to ask for help or else you will be left behind. I think it’s that self-pride; “Oh, what are people gonna think of me?” “Is this even a question that anybody would ever ask?” “Am I supposed to know this?” So I think that’s the one thing I learned, to ask other people for help, and to be vulnerable. And that’s how you learn to grow. That’s really how you succeed in the programme I am grateful to be a part of We Think Code through the sponsorship of Digiata. It’s not so often where one is given the opportunity to develop a skill at no cost and a skill that is highly sought as the world heads into the era of the 4IR. This experience has allowed me to meet individuals from various backgrounds and different viewpoints. We Think code has not only allowed me to grow in my technical skills but the peer-to-peer environment has also further developed my soft skills and boosted my ability to work with others.