Student Finds Confidence to Rise Above Challenges

Despite health issues and a lack of funds, Katoora Mbabazi Rose of Uganda developed the self-confidence she needed to accomplish her career goals.

Night Classes Boost Career Options

Life has not been easy for Katoora Mbabazi Rose. After losing her parents at the age of sixteen, Rose began to focus on career prospects. She was drawn to the world of IT, so when she discovered a midnight networking course at Makerere University, she eagerly enrolled. “I have heart problems and asthma,” Rose explains. “My health condition would keep me up all night, so by attending the midnight course, I found a way to pass the long restless nights.

The Makerere School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) is located in Kampala, Uganda. CIT builds local computing and ICT capacity by providing technical instruction to students. They also offer a workforce development program to help students launch their careers.

Building Self Confidence

At CIT, Rose completed the IT Essentials and Cisco CCNA courses. “When I enrolled in CCNA, I told my instructor about my financial situation and he advised me to talk to the Cisco coordinator,” Rose recalls.” With their help and advice, I was able to attain a level of confidence to help me through my financial crisis. Being one of the few ladies willing to pursue a career in IT is not easy,” she adds, “and with my renewed confidence, I was able to complete the course.”

Launching a Career

After completing CCNA, Rose applied for an internship at the faculty. “During the internship, I polished my IT skills by assembling computers, setting up laptops, troubleshooting software, and configuring and administering networks,” says Rose. “I also set a goal to find a job that would allow me to fully utilize my skills.” 

Rose’s passion, confidence, dedication, and IT skills soon landed her a position in the IT department at Engen Uganda, a petroleum company In Kampala.

Looking back on her journey thus far, Rose acknowledges her accomplishments. “I have come a long way in achieving my goals,” she says. Her next objective is to become an IT systems engineer.

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