Interview with Fadele Ifeoluwa Oluwatobiloba - Winner of the IT Professionalism Award For the most Disciplined Student in 2010
20-02-11 - Fadele Ifeoluwa Oluwatobiloba has won the IT Professionalism Award For the most Disciplined Student in 2010. We congratulate and commend her. How did she do it? In this interview she shares her experiences and thoughts.
Fadele Ifeoluwa Oluwatobiloba, a young, inspiring Woman in ICT is a committed and active member of the Jidaw Alumni Association.
Fadele Ifeoluwa Oluwatobiloba, registered for the A+ Computer and Network Engineering Diploma training program with Jidaw.
Well behaved, responsible and focused, she is no respecter of status quo. Jidaw created the IT Professionalism Award to recognize and celebrate young people determined to make their mark in the IT sector. Watch out for this champion - her future is great.
Throughout her stay at Jidaw she inspired staff and other students with her hunger for knowledge and contribution, her unquestionable commitment and her impressive level of discipline.
Assessment for the award was tough with many worthy candidates and students in the year 2010. She however clearly emerged as the 2010 Winner of the IT Professionalism Award for the most disciplined student.
She believes that “what is worth doing is worth doing well".
And in Ifeoluwa's words: "An IT Career is for men and women. I reject any attempt to make me feel inferior. I am looking forward to being the SALT in IT."
Let's listen to her.
1: Please let us meet you. Let's know more about you.
Answer: My name is Fadele Ifeoluwa Oluwatobiloba. My hometown is Agbamu in Kwara State, Irepodun Local government Area. I am the last child in a family of seven. I graduated from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin with HND in Computer Science. My hobbies include reading, listening to music and travelling.
2. How did you
get started? What spurred your interest in Information Technology? Have
you always been interested in ICT?
3. How did you win the award? How were you able to meet the high standards required for professionalism in Information Technology?
Answer: It came as a surprise. But to me “what is worth doing is worth doing well” I like being myself and trying my best wherever I find myself. I believe strongly in making a positive impact that will keep my name ringing even when am no longer there.
4. Why are so few women working in the ICT sector?
Answer: I believe some women think IT is a tedious job - carrying tools around, working with Computer Components and going for field work. They believe all of these are strenuous and women are not meant for stressful work. But IT is for men and women. And one of the things that brought me into IT is the Practical aspect of IT. It's like a fun to me because I enjoy doing it, and I like doing something unique.
5. Which program did you enrol for at Jidaw and why?
A+ Computer Engineering and Networking Diploma. I enrolled
for this Course to build my IT career. I wanted to see myself being
competent in doing what I enjoy -troubleshoot faulty PCs, build new systems, print devices,
practical networking, professional ethics and more. My
Jidaw experience was very lively and interesting; I also got to meet
very lovely and good people.
Answer: One of the challenges I have faced in my IT career is meeting some men that think women can't do the IT job well. They in fact try to restrict me to elementary stuff while keeping away the main important tech issues. The funny and shocking thing is that even some IT firms believe technical IT work is not a woman's job. They have the mistaken belief that even if a woman can do IT work she won't be able to do it the way the men can do it. I see this as a challenge because it is an attempt to make me feel inferior. That attempt has failed, it in fact smacks of ignorance. I reject any attempt to make me feel inferior.
7: What advice do you have for people just starting out on the road to building a career in Computing and ICT? What tips and advice would you have?
Answer: Well to the young Computer Scientist/ IT Professionals, I say believe in yourself and ignore distractions, cultivate the habit of doing things others think is not possible, spend more of your time with people in this field and try doing things you don't know.
7: What do you do presently? And what does the future hold for you?
Answer: Well, I'm still looking here and there for an organization to practice my interest in IT and also looking forward to become a “SALT” in IT. The future is GREAT! I believe one day I will achieve my aims in this Great Career I have chosen.
Congratulations once again, Ifeoluwa on winning the Jidaw Professionalism Award in Information Technology for Most Disciplined Student in 2010. We celebrate and commend this exceptional Woman in ICT. A great model and inspiration to us all. May you keep moving higher. Your future is great. We are counting on you to make unforgettable impact in IT. God bless you. You will fulfill your purpose.
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