Establishing my foundation in ICT with
CCNA and VSAT - Interview Edition
Should I choose VSAT? Why CCNA? What about MCSE? Training
and certification is a route followed by many. These questions highlight
important issues many especially newcomers must address in making career
decisions. Mbosowo Akpan, Cisco Certified associate and VSAT engineer
(a one time Jidaw student) has been in this boat.
Mbosowo was a Guest on
Your Career - The Radio program sponsored by Jidaw that focuses
on skills, jobs, e-business, entrepreneurship and career
opportunities provided through Information and Communications
What motivated Mbosowo? What have his experiences
What is the importance and value of
training and certification? How important is VSAT in today's world?
Let's listen to the gist from Mbosowo Akpan in this Interview
Listen to IT & VSAT Training Interview video
e-skills & Your Career:
You are welcome to
the program, e-skills and Your Career on Career development for the
knowledge economy. Please let us know more about you.
Akpan: My name is Mbosowo Akpan, I work with Dolland Technology in
Calabar in Cross River state. I graduated in Electrical / Electronic
Engineering from Yaba College of Technology in Yaba Lagos.
e-skills & Your Career: That's interesting, what have you being
graduating from Yaba College of Technology?
Akpan: Well after graduation I decided to leave Lagos to go back to my
place – Cross River/Akwa Ibom states. I discovered that technology wise
and digitally too my people and my place were far behind time in terms of
what exists in Lagos. I therefore decided to explore
ways of establishing myself in the technology field. The need to manage my
career proactively motivated me to invest in training and skills
acquisition in VSAT and Cisco certification, specifically CCNA.
e-skills & Your Career: That's good to know. That means you
had to take the initiative on your part. Congratulations on becoming a certified IT
Professional. You mentioned CCNA. Please explain the meaning of CCNA for
the benefit of our audience. What motivated you into the VSAT cum CCNA
Akpan: CCNA is Cisco Certified Network Associate, Okay. I
went for CCNA because I have an interest in Networking and I also saw
the need for such skills in my environment. In fact Wireless Networking
and the VSAT stuff is seen as something that is so mysterious or
difficult that it can only be deployed by people with super special
skills or people who have gone abroad for specialized training.
I wanted to stand out. I therefore
decided to break this myth, this barrier. I made sure I invested in the
practical aspects and have been using all means to demonstrate the
skills I acquired. I now know that so many people were in the dark. So many
people, a lot of people continually call on me to come and give them
enlightenment. They are amazed that this can be possible with somebody in
their own back yard. I'm always called for jobs and have become what you can
call a "go-to" person in my place for these skills.
e-skills & Your Career: We’re glad to know you’re succeeding. We want you
to share key aspects of your experiences with our audience. For example, we receive a lot
of mail containing questions on training and certification. How did you make your training
and certification choices?
Akpan: Thank you very much. When I decided establish my foundation in
Information Technology, I did not just wake up one day and pick any
training course or any institution that looks okay. I decided to call my friends
who stay in Lagos and my friends who are more or less enlightened in
this area., i.e. training and certification. They pointed me in the
direction of a training school that does not just cover the theoretical
aspect but also is strong in the practical experience. Again I did not jump at their
suggestions. I decided to search online for the company and visited the
website of the company. What I saw on that website (www.jidaw.com) so amazed me that I
couldn’t wait any longer. I knew if I wanted to make progress I just had
to invest in the training.
e-skills & Your Career: With regard to VSAT, how was your training experience?
Akpan: A lot of people believe that VSAT training must take like four,
five years. Many people didn’t believe or take me serious when I said I
was going for the VSAT in just two days. But in the first day the
instructor took us through the theoretical aspect of the VSAT. And on
the second day the instructor made sure every student was given an
opportunity to practice and ask as many question as possible concerning
the VSAT installation and configuration.
As a result we all had an
in-depth knowledge not only on the theoretical side but actually more on
the practical side. I have been using these skills to get jobs, solve
problems and provide solutions through VSAT.
e-skills & Your Career: As a VSAT field engineer, please let us know what
VSAT Field Engineering entails?
Akpan: VSAT is all about wireless satellite
technology. With VSAT skills engineering you know how the signal comes from
the Satellite, you know how to incline the dish, you know the direction
of the dish, you know about connecting the modem and you know how to
achieve Internet connectivity through VSAT technology. Most of the time
the focus is on technical ways
through which you can provide internet using VSAT. You know about the equipment required and
the connections of equipment as well as field issues that come up during
e-skills & Your Career: Mr. Akpan what are your future plans
Akpan: Thank you very much. I want to keep on growing, learning
new things and building on the foundation I’ve gotten so far. In fact I will
not stop where I am now and I intend to invest in other professional areas
like network security, wireless and network admin.
e-skills & Your Career: Okay, thank you Mbosowo: How has Jidaw and
Jidaw.com been of benefit to you?
Akpan: When I came to Jidaw I discovered that the training is in depth.
The instructors are very sound. You are fed not only with the
theoretical aspect but you are also well equipped in the practical
aspect. I must mention that the Jidaw seminar as well. If you attend
Jidaw Seminar the Jidaw Team really drills you on having the right
reasons for getting certified, how to achieve certification, and why it
is important not to go to sleep after getting certified.
In fact the way
I see Jidaw is that they want IT to reach every nook and cranny of
Nigeria. They believe that though Nigeria is regarded as a developing
country but Jidaw wants to tell the whole world Nigeria can do what the
whole can do also.
e-skills & Your Career: Okay thank you very much for your
kind comments. And finally what are your
thoughts on this program, e-skills and your career?
Akpan: Well thank you very much. e-skills and your career is meeting a
need because a lot needs to be done. Even those selling in the market
don’t know they can use internet, or how they can use computers to
enhance their skills. Every sector and profession needs technology so it
is a timely and useful program that requires the support of all.
e-skills & Your Career: Thank you very much Akpan, for your time,
interest and enthusiasm in developing Nigeria’s knowledge
Mbosowo Akpan, CCNA, is an IT professional based in Calabar, Cross River
State, Nigeria. He specializes in providing VSAT, Networking and
What Do you Have to Say? Post Your Comments, Share Your
November 6, 2008
Fatimah Alabi of Ogba, Lagos
I was highly impressed, because in 10 years back Nigeria was no
where in IT, but now most especially your foundation has
contributed to the improvement and steadiness of IT in Nigeria.
" I LIKE IT".
October 19, 2008
Queen of Abuja
A very good start and I like your explanations.
Wishing you the best in your
Career Development. Be Creative and Persevere ...You will get there