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A JOURNEY I STARTED A WHILE AGO…

A friend of mine once told me that to become an expert in any field/skill, you have to practise the correct way for a minimum of 10,000 hours. Although I have not put in that many hours, I can say that I have already started finding fulfillment.

In reference to my last post, I am glad that I did not give up on Programming despite all the odds and the general notion that it is not a girl-thing. The highlight for me so far is facilitating at the just concluded Lagos State Open Andela Study Program which held at Audax Nigeria. We trained the Participants on HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery, JavaScript, Node.js, Express.js, MongoDB and Digital Marketing. It was an exciting 11 weeks for me as I got the chance to share my knowledge and give guidance. We had Trainees from diverse academic backgrounds, most of them had zero programming knowledge. But one thing was common to almost all of them, the zeal to learn something new. They reminded me of how inquisitive I was when I first started coding. I must say it was a little challenging at the start getting them to get acquainted with the whole idea of coding and handling technical issues. But about 3 weeks into the program, there was already a huge improvement in their performance and speed of assimilation. Little wonder why at the end of the Program, they built outstanding Projects.

Check out the team: https://elohor.github.io/Engram/

One thing I learnt from this experience is that there is no telling how much you can achieve if only you keep an open mind. I admire the Trainees because all the things we taught them at a stretch in the program, I didn’t learn them in 11 weeks . As I continue to countdown to my 10,000th hour, I would like to appreciate those who have made my journey worthwhile:

Ø SAMUEL VARE JAMES: For always willing to help, for all the numerous advice, lectures and resources.

Ø THE “SHE LOVES CODE TEAM” OF ANDELA: For all the guidance, tutorials and mentorship.

Ø DAMOLA AJAYI: For the words of encouragement.

This is a career path I have chosen to follow and I am glad that I am loving every bit of it!

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