Getting into a Tech field is just confusing no? Where do i start, what do I do, Who
should I listen to, which book, why is everyone doing this and I can’t! So many
questions. Relax. Breathe with me… Breathe in.. Breathe out!! Let’s dive into the talk
now shall we?
It's almost the same as
SATs or your GCSEs or for Tanzanias: NECTA. You can read all about it on the link
I, for one, as I am writing this, It is my goal to be among the 1000 students that are
going to be picked to sit for the exam (So help me GOD!) next year 2020 from my country.
* Update: I got to project phase of the scholarship (one more phase to go) and sure
not backing up now! Wohoooo!!
ALC (Andela Learning Community) is such a great
community empowering the next generation of African technology leaders -Andela
This is a great place to network with people, learning online with unlimited number of
materials with awesome assistance from the ALC ambassadors and mentors. I can testify to
that. And being a part of the scholarship has even pushed me into limits that I was able
to be a mentor for Android Track. Who would have thought!! :-)
Now you know! This event was a closing meetup 4.0 for phase one and a start of new
Session 1: Keynote: Building Africa’s next 100k developers
The event started with this as a keynote by Lally
Elias where his talk was on everyday use of Git commands, fork, clone, commit, push
Session 2: Lightning talk: Getting into the tech field
And then it was my turn (*dances). This was a lightning talk aiming at how to make the
best way out of a tech field. I thought using an Olympic metaphor (which I also
implemented) was right, since each step enables you to take a progressive step. Slides
to this talk are available HERE.
Quick summary: First things first,
Reading… read online, read a book, just read because while you are busy searching
for answers from the air, the book on your hands might solve it all.
Meetups- I can testify to how these meetups has helped me step out of my comfort
zone and solutions to my errors and bugs easily
Again…reading.. this time, use tools online like Udemy, Cousera, PluralSight,
Udacity and the like…
Involve yourself in small projects you are interested in for a start,
contribute your mind and ideas. Share! Share! Share! and Start! Start! Start!
While using frameworks and dependencies and all the codes, go at least one level
below the updated version. As much as we like keeping up with versions and
plugins, some are hardly stable for use.
if you see something broken/bugs, create a patch and fix it first
Ladies and gentlemen, Do not be afraid of Errors! Yes, I said it. Not
everything has to be negative, errors help you learn and remind you of what you are
supposed to do right. So read them red codes and understand what the IDE is telling
“Rubber duck” rule: I had a great privilege to be couched by a GDE who said,
Do not be afraid to speak to someone (or that rubber duck sitting at your desk).
Why? That will help you figure out what you have been doing wrong in case you are
stuck. Do not be offended when they disagree with you, just learn and be patient
Document: Note everything down
Session 3: Panel Discussion
This was a really engaging and eye opening discussion on What the Future holds for people
in tech. And guess what?! Sophia Assey was
there to share with us her experience of being and civil engineer and also an ALC
learner. The session was moderated and led by Yesaya Athuman along with Dr.
Mshinda- Consultant @foundationbotnar and Eliguard
Dawson – Program Director @dtree as panelists.
There was a shocking moment to some of us during the Success stories session of which, I
will let you view and read for yourself HERE.
Cheers to all Seedspace Dar es Salaam
included who made the event a fun, engaging and an awesome experience!!! I'm sure for
one, did not leave that place empty headed!