“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” I’m sure you’ll agree with me on that. Even though these are John A. Shedd’s words, they feel like mine now.
I could remember when I started my tech career after graduating from college, I struggled with most of the concepts and I just couldn’t understand how it all works. So, I spoke with a friend and he said to truly understand the concepts, you need to go out and apply for internship opportunities. So, I started applying to companies but most of the internship opportunities I found required skills I hadn’t yet mastered. And, as you might expect, I received so many rejections. At first, I regretted my ambitious decisions, but I eventually learned to dance with the harsh waves gracefully.
Today, I find myself on this podium experiencing a great sense of accomplishment and happiness. Yes! I got that internship, graduated, and will be working as a software engineer at Alluvium.
All of this would not have been possible without the mercies and blessings of my Lord, as well as the support of my parents, the entire Alluvium staff, and my colleagues. Despite the fact that this is only the beginning of my journey at alluvium, I am optimistic about my future here. And if the last three months have anything to say, it’s that there is opportunity for growth with the right mindset.
Finally, I hope to use the skills I’ve gained here to assist others transitioning to tech. I hope you will all do the same in whatever way you see fit. More importantly, I hope that in the near future, transitioning to tech will no longer be a privilege for few in this country.