Starting out in tech is hard, but you’re not alone in this. This week, I interviewed one of the amazing top android engineers we have in Nigeria; Omolara Adejuwon.
Name: Omolara Adejuwon.
Tech field: Android Development, Engineering Leadership/Management.
Current position: Senior Android Engineer.
Company: Neo Financial, Canada.
How I got started in tech
Lol. I never know how to answer this question because it’s usually in more than one part. Okay. Let me try.
My love for mathematics and my love for my family’s newly bought desktop computer set at that time made it an easy decision to study Computer Science & Engineering for my bachelor’s degree. I had a long break before I resumed 100L at Obafemi Awolowo University, I decided to enroll in an apprenticeship program where I learnt how to repair computers and other similar gadgets. This is to say I had an interest in ‘tech’ even before I knew that the interest had a name.
Fast forward to 200L, I realized there was more to computing than just repairing computers. I had piqued my excitement about Computing. After a couple of interesting events, I found myself learning how to code in Java and building some random J2ME apps, and now, I am here.
How I got my first tech role:
My first ever official role was a 6-month internship which was one of the compulsory courses in my 400L. I had reached out to a senior colleague and he got me an interview with Mtech Communications. During my interview with the company, it turned out I had a skill that the engineering team needed at that time. I resumed almost immediately and I eventually interned at the company for 10 months before I went back to school for my final year.