MyTechStory: Meet Taiwo, A Product Designer, and A Student.

September 29, 2022

My Tech Story

Olatunji Taiwo Yusuf

I’m currently studying Banking and finance at Bayero University Kano; A UI/UX Trainee at Coursera, Sidehustle, and Cwwtech. Likewise a Trainee in Software Engineering at ALX.

  • What prompted you to take on this particular role?

I have a passion for a career in Technology.

  • How long have you been working in your job role?

I’m still a newbie 😃 of 6 months.

  • How did you get your tech role?

I got into Tech through my friends, although I also have the interest to be in the Tech industry, and fortunately for me, my friends brought me in.

  • How does your typical workday in your life play out?

Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm.

I know every day is a good day, and a great opportunity to learn and achieve more.

So as a learner, I spend most of my time on my laptop 💻 to take some lessons online and also go through all my social media pages to be updated if there are any updates. When it’s time for solat I do go pray and rest a little.

  • Every role has its hurdles. What are yours and how do you troubleshoot them?

None for now 😉.

  • What platform/software/framework/methodology do you enjoy using in the course of working, and what fascinates you about it?

LinkedIn, Twitter, Behance/Figma.

I have many things that fascinate me about these tools and the software I mentioned.

Concerning the LinkedIn:
LinkedIn gives the ability to showcase your profile, expertise, recommendations, and connections, not only is your profile the first professional impression of you when recruiters and employers use LinkedIn to search for candidates, but it also demonstrates credibility in your industry and highlights your achievements. Many people still underestimate the importance of LinkedIn in their job search and are sometimes reluctant to embrace social media. So with the use of LinkedIn, I have been able to know and connect with many people in and out of my country.

Twitter: Twitter connects you and your business with what’s happening in the world every day. It’s one of the social media you get updates from easily.
It serves as an opportunity for businesses, creators, publishers, and developers of industries or skills to showcase and highlight their content, products, and services directly on Twitter.
Twitter is not only for getting news sources, but it has also become a platform to advance careers and advertise skills; with the time I spend on my Twitter page, I do gain at least one or two things each time.

Behance and Figma to me are just sources of inspiration.😊

Most of the time, once I’m done with my design (practice) on Figma. I add it to my portfolio.

Behance is the world’s largest creative network for showcasing and discovering creative work.
This platform functions as a great showcase, where the visual takes precedence so that everyone looks for theirs. The advantages of Behance are multiple, it’s free, it helps to find work, and it serves as a way to upload all your work online and put together your portfolio and let everyone see it.

Figma: Figma is a design tool and It has the potential to support the entire design process end-to-end. First sketches, feedback collection, collaboration, ready-to-test prototypes, and developer handoff are well within their capabilities.
I’ve been using Figma for my UI/UX design process and it has been saving me hours of work. It truly transformed my design workflow.
My time spent on Figma is usually the most enjoyable and productive part of my day.

  • Who do you look up to as a role model in your role and why?

I learn from everyone because I don’t look down on anyone. I have a lot of role models and mentors.

  • Trying not to sound like that pesky HR… Tell me, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

As I always pray for, I want to be in any of the Big Tech Company 😃.

  • Techies are stereotyped as nonchalant; some even claim to work round the clock and have little time for socializing… How true🤷‍♂️?

Not all Techies, as for me I do have time to post and check all my social media accounts every day. I have been challenged by someone before that I always stay active 🙂 on all my social media platforms, I just smile and say I and social media are like 5 & 6.

I listen to Quran verses most of the time, and I watch Netflix.

  • What impact has More Techies had on you and your role?

A lot of impacts and I love all the amazing people have met in this Tech Industry. I listen to Quran verses most of the time, and I watch Netflix.

  • What golden secret can you tell someone trying to get into a similar role as yours to help them succeed?

Pray 🙏 harder and stay committed, focused and consistent.

  • Do you have any milestone you think wouldn’t have been achieved?…but, alas! You smashed it!💪🏽🚀🤝

Still working towards that, very soon I will smash it; more so, there are some milestones I have achieved during this time that’s my FMVA ®️👨‍🎓 certificate.

  • Hey Triber✌🏻… being sincere, what else do you wish to tell us? You might just see it happen/finally get someone inspired! You gerriit?😉👍🏼

As a newbie, just make a plan, and stay focused and consistent. As an expert keep learning and re-learning, because learning never stops.

  • Kindly share a link to your most active social platform. You may just be the light someone has been waiting to connect with.

  • If you don’t mind, do you have works/products you’ve worked on that you want to showcase? Kindly note that my designs there were the design challenges I put myself through; and of course, check out my designs for the #7DaysofDesign challenge I did with More Techies there too.

  • Before I leave you😊, what’s that one thing that’s going/working well for you ✅, that you can consider as a rose🌹, ever since you ventured into your field of tech?

I feel that all my dreams are coming true and I have met a lot of amazing people in this Tech industry.

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