I sent out a survey a while ago to friends, professionals in various disciplines for information about their profession. The first in the series comes from Ekene Olatunji, an information technology professional specializing in enterprise solutions such as collaboration and learning management systems. Enjoy.
TCGP: The IT field seems to be an ever-widening circle. What prospects exist for the student who decides to take up this profession?
Ekene: There are various specialization opportunities for any student considering a career in IT. Some examples are Application Developer (for those interested in programming), and Systems Engineer (for people at home with designing, creating, and operating technology), and many others.
TCGP: What qualities help people succeed in your profession?
Ekene: I can easily mention determination and perseverance. Continuous self-development and a good work ethic (the ability to work hard + smart) are important ingredients for success in this field as in all other endeavours.
TCGP: What essential education is required to be a successful IT professional?
Ekene: Ok, let me begin at the secondary school level. The WASSCE/NECO subjects will typically be Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology; UTME subjects Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. A university education is valuable. I graduated from the National Open University of Nigeria. Finally, you will do well to sign up for professional certifications in the chosen branch of IT e.g. Microsoft Certified Systems Expert (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), ITIL (ITIL’s IT service management), and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework). You can go the self-study way or attend training at any reputable training institute.
TCGP: Who is your role model?
Ekene: Omobola Johnson (Nigeria’s immediate past Minister of Communication Technology) is someone I respect a lot.
TCGP: Any other advice to the interested youth out there? OR perhaps, any comments on this project?
Ekene: Focus, work hard, and don’t give up!
Any questions? You can reach Ekene via email at eubaka4real at gmail dot com. Or post your comment below.
* The survey responses were fleshed out to read better while preserving the opinions of the respondent.