Follow your passion and not money and KNOW that you are enough and deserving of success.

Who is Kenyetta?

 

 

My name is Kenyetta Weaver and I am a Wife and mom of 3. I have a degree in Graphic Design and have always had an interest in web development and coding, however, life took me in a different direction for almost 18yrs after college. I have been working as a Virtual Assistant (V.A.) for 3 years now doing mostly Data Entry work and I wanted to expand my services and start doing what I have always wanted to do.

I decided to jump into tech head first and signed up for a coding bootcamp. I love computers and building and designing websites. This field will open a new door for me and my family and my business. I also plan to share this knowledge with my kids and get them into tech while they’re young, especially my baby who wants to become a surgeon.

 

 

Educational Background

Pursuing Certification as a Full Stack Web Developer

 

How did you choose to pursue this field?

I wanted to get behind the scenes of web design and programming and know how to build, program, and maintain a website from scratch. From the most basic to the most complex and interactive.

 

Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?

Honestly, I have a great group of successful friends and seeing them make strides and accomplish great things in their careers inspired me to go for it.

Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?

Yes, but I started working in Logistics during college and when I graduated I was making good money and living on my own so I stayed in that field for the next 18yrs.

What do you love most about your job or career?

As a virtual assistant I love the flexibility and that I control when and where I work as well as who I work with. I am able to be available for my kids and feel like I am participating in their life while also contributing to my household financially. As I continue to grow my web development skills I plan to add the different computer languages and techniques to the list of services I provide.

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job or career?

Helping other entrepreneurs accomplish their goals by handling the behind their scenes operations and tech needs.

What things would you change about your job?

I wouldn’t change anything right now

 

What are the most difficult things or disappointing aspect of your job?

Working as a V.A. can have its highs and lows. Sometimes you get an influx of work without trying and sometimes you have to really grind. But i try to learn my lessons during the low tides so they are few and far in-between. However, as long as I know how to work a computer, build a website, and am knowledgeable on coding and design I always bounce back and I take that time to continue to educate myself of new methods, techniques, resources, etc…

How have you combated the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?

In starting my coding bootcamp I found that there are LOTS of women of color pursuing careers in tech. I am constantly on the hunt for them to follow and connect on social media. I try to post on IG as well as twitter to let people know we’re out here. There are a lot of moms breaking into tech as well as women changing careers. Tech is where it’s at right now!

 

 

What advice would you give your younger self about your career journey as a “woman of color” working in a predominantly white, male-dominated field?

Follow your passion and not money and KNOW that you are enough and deserving of success.

 

 

What tips would you offer for anyone thinking about entering into your profession?

Just do it! Don’t worry if you have no knowledge of tech or code before you start, you can still learn and be great at it. It also doesn’t matter your age or background. Just be open to learning, putting in the time and connecting with others that are on the same path and you will succeed.

 

 

Can you provide some words of wisdom to young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice?

Believe in yourself and know who you are. Despite the barriers and obstacles that you will come against know that there is nothing you can’t do. It’s about time we take our place in STEM and continue to open doors for those coming behind us, like those before us.

 

 

What is your favorite quote?

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”.

 

 

Whenever I get nervous about stepping out of my comfort zone and start to doubt myself I repeat this verse in my head and let that be the fuel to push me pass the nerves and just do it…(like this interview..I am most comfortable behind the scenes).

 

How has your family been a great influence or support system?

My kids and wanting to provide the best for them as well as be an example for them has pushed me to keep going. I can’t tell them to not be afraid to pursue their dreams and to push pass obstacles, if I’m not willing to do it myself.

How do you juggle motherhood and your career?

Grace, because it is definitely hard. I pray every day, all day for strength and wisdom.

 

What are your future goals related to your career?

I want to open a computer programming school for young kids in the black community.

What are some interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

I love to organize and scrapbook. I don’t watch a lot of TV these days but I tune in all week for Shark Week! ~ I don’t know why, but I love it.

 

 

Contact Kenyetta for any further questions:

 

 

 

 

Email: hirekenyetta@gmail.com

IG: @kenyettaweaver

 

 

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