Years in Tech
Android Developer, ZOLA Electric
Android Development, Public Speaking, Writing
14th December 2018
Moyinoluwa is a Software Developer currently focused on building for the Android Platform. She loves learning about new technologies and writes about them on Medium. She currently works as an Android Developer at Zola Electric and before then, she was an Android Developer at Swifta Systems and Services. She studied Computer Science with Mathematics at Obafemi Awolowo University and managed the Google Developers Group there for 3 years. She currently co-organizes the Google Developers Group in Lagos.
While she’s not doing any of these things you’ll probably find her with her nose in a good book, speaking at a developer event, learning German or trying to beat her personal best for a marathon.
What experiences led you to technology and how did you develop the skills to compete in the industry?
While I was in school, I had friends who knew how to build apps for feature phones with J2ME and I got them to teach me. That was how I got started with Software development. I dabbled into Front End Development for a while before settling on building apps for the Android platform. I got software development internship positions as a result of this hence I could hone my skills. I also had access to some paid courses on Udacity for free as a GDG OAU organizer and I took advantage of that. Finally, I was surrounded by a very active community of student developers who were learning or already knew how to program and they were all eager to share their knowledge. All these were good enough to ensure that I was able to get a full time job straight out of University even before NYSC.
How has your background helped/differentiated you in the tech industry?
Although a background in Computer Science is not required to become a software developer, it is always a plus. But I daresay that is not the reason I’m an Android developer now. I think the major factor that has helped me so far is that I learnt how to learn very early in my journey. I taught myself how to build Android Apps and it has been a continuous process of updating my knowledge in order to remain relevant.
What advice would you give to women considering a career in technology? What do you wish you had known?
Don’t wait until you check off all the requirements before applying for that position. Don’t leave money on the table – learn how to negotiate. Share your knowledge as it helps your understanding and gives you more visibility. Always be learning.