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Know the Classification of IT Career Paths

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So I’ve received a number of requests on my DM asking what career options to go for in the IT industry. Beyond passion and what we know, some education is needed to help guide us in the right direction I love to classify jobs in IT (and by extension software development) space into 3 types.   The classification is based on the kind of opportunities you can get from there. Based on where you:   Can only get a job with it i.e. after certification or school, ...

So I’ve received a number of requests on my DM asking what career options to go for in the IT industry. Beyond passion and what we know, some education is needed to help guide us in the right direction I love to classify jobs in IT (and by extension software development) space into 3 types.
 

The classification is based on the kind of opportunities you can get from there. Based on where you:
 

  1. Can only get a job with it i.e. after certification or school, the next best place to learn or do anything with it is through a job or some internship. These class has the least opportunities, but most jobs in this categories are rapidly growing into the second category but with mostly limited learning options e.g. hardware networking, etc. In most cases, your growth is limited by the infrastructures your employers have or can afford.
     
  2. Can get a job with it and also practice on your own. But you cannot build anything with them unilaterally E.g. Database management, Server Management, Cyber Security, Data Analysis falls in this category. They are mostly termed as support roles in the scheme of the "builder" tech. Given the right organization and learning materials, you could be sitting on a gold mine here especially if you can get to the point of mastery of the subject matter (most people don't get to this level).
     
  3. Can get a job with it, can practice on your own with it and can also do (or build) something with it unilaterally on your own. Because of these, this class of career paths actually offer the most opportunities in form of where your skill is needed and what you can do with your skill. Software development (including web) falls within this category. 
     

Nevertheless, beyond opportunities, passion and interest matters in making career choice. Also, people can find themselves excelling in one one career than the other because of some innate abilities. You can become a consultant in any of the categories once you gain mastery and some experience. So it means that things get better with time but the start is also important. Mentorship is also key into making the best opportunity of your career choice. 

Cheers!

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1 month ago

The Train - My review and comments on the movie

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I did a vigil last night watching “The Train”, a new movie by Mount Zion Films. It was such an awesome piece. While it may not seem like they have expended millions of dollars on that project, the Mount Zion films has once again proved to be a ministry set up by God for this generation. I want to use tonight to recount my experiences and share a review on the movie. The Train was a movie scripted around the circumstances that surrounded the life of the founder of the Mount ...

I did a vigil last night watching “The Train”, a new movie by Mount Zion Films. It was such an awesome piece. While it may not seem like they have expended millions of dollars on that project, the Mount Zion films has once again proved to be a ministry set up by God for this generation. I want to use tonight to recount my experiences and share a review on the movie.

The Train was a movie scripted around the circumstances that surrounded the life of the founder of the Mount Zion Ministries - Mike Bamiloye. It was intriguing having a glimpse of what life was like for someone who was going for a vision no one else saw. That movie was in no way a “Christian movie”; I would call it a “life movie”. The only reason it could go into a Christian movie category was because the person whose biography was scripted was Christian exemplified. It is a movie every human being should watch before they leave this world.


What do I like about this movie
 

Well, there is so much to love about this movie but I will just share a few points from my notes. Hope you will learn one or two things along the way.


The honesty
 

I have seen a good number of biographies that was selective about the things they project - only showing the bright side of the subject and hiding some controversial areas to make the person in the movie look good to the public. But then, I have always thought that a good story doesn’t just project the good. The story should be made to project a full picture; especially stories meant for historic reasons.

Imagine the story of Jesus hiding that he actually went out to pray to his father to let him skip the “shameful death” -  “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:” (Matthew 26: 39). Imagine the story of David without where he murdered Uriah (2 Samuel 11-12)

I love the fact that light was shone on the early time while growing up when Mike had a handful of bad behaviors. The fact that he gave his life to Christ and still backslide a number of times was notable. The fact that the he had “toasted” plenty sisters before he finally met Gloria Bamiloye. I believe these parts of the story didn’t only add beauty and originality to the biography; it also helped to send a message to a lot of people who might have similar experiences. For them to know that it is okay to make mistakes; that they are still covered in the plans of God for their lives.

 

The motivation

 

Not everything motivates everybody. We all have our differences that determine what motivates us and what doesn’t. But if the life of Mike Bamiloye doesn’t motivate you - especially as a Nigerian, then “na deliverance sure pass”. Can you imagine a poor Ijesha boy who had no pedigree and absolutely nothing up there to inspire him having, nursing and pursuing big dreams? The fact that he actually identifies good things and he actually goes for it is amazing. I notice that it is possible for somebody to watch that film and not take away the truth that Mike Bamiloye is actually a goal-getter. He sees something good; if he thinks it’s good for him, he goes for it. Many today wait for God to toast the girl of their dreams for them. Or wait for that dream job to miraculously appear - they don’t take the giant step towards achieving their dreams. This movie is a perfect starting place to learn how to shoot your shots.

 

The Message

 

  1. It is okay to have a humble background. God will use you for his glory regardless. God’s plan for you has nothing to do with your background. So we should stop letting our backgrounds limit us.
  2. There is a gift God has given you; that gift is your passport to bless the world. That gift is actually the skillful work you have in your hand. That thing you know you can do very well. That way you have to express your creativity.
  3. It is okay to be “the foolish one” sometimes.  Mike was the foolish one when he declined the admission to Adeyemi College of Education. He was the foolish one when he resigned his role as a teacher. His foolishness is now what results into blessings for several generations to come. Being the “foolish one” here means you may be the only one who see the vision that God has given to you. Don’t let anyone kill the vision that God has given to you because they don’t see it or they can’t validate it.
  4. Have a team. God don’t give visions to people for them to do it alone. Even Jesus needed the 12 disciples. I love the way Mike had always had a team to work with. I guess the drama unit at the school fellowship was a breeding ground for him. Maybe we need a breeding ground to get a team of like minds?

 

Overall, I love the movie and I recommend it for everyone. Have you seen the movie? What do you think about it? Kindly leave a comment below. Here’s a link to the movie if you haven’t seen it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mFvb62VMkc

 

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2 months ago

We just launched Comeriver Workplace

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Yippee! I am so glad we were able to rapidly deploy Comeriver Workplace Software Suite. Many thanks to God for the grace given to me and everyone who worked on the development team. Though it was a long overdue task, I must say the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak was just the valid ginger needed to expedite development. My work in the recent years have made me believe we need to do better to help our corporate workforce be efficient and productive. I’ve seen many employees abandon...

Yippee! I am so glad we were able to rapidly deploy Comeriver Workplace Software Suite. Many thanks to God for the grace given to me and everyone who worked on the development team. Though it was a long overdue task, I must say the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak was just the valid ginger needed to expedite development.

My work in the recent years have made me believe we need to do better to help our corporate workforce be efficient and productive. I’ve seen many employees abandon their work and do the unthinkable - abusing the team resources like internet connectivity and digital devices. Some watch movies, download games, apply for another job, chat with friends and waste away precious time and resources the employer has allocated to get work done. 

When team members are not doing what they are hired to do, everyone loses. The team member will miss out on the relevant work experiences they could have gathered while the team will suffer losses in achieving their goals. Such waste of time and resources can be attributed to why there is so much rot in our society. 

Now with Comeriver Workplace, businesses and teams; especially those that their team members use computer for work can now take advantage of technology to ensure productivity. To learn more about the software and how it works, please visit workplace.comeriver.com

Who Built the Software?

Meanwhile, it is very important for me to appreciate the team that worked on this; Ayo (my half namesake) - a recent graduate of The Polytechnic, Ibadan wrote the first lines of code and the designed the software architecture. Malik - a student on Industrial Training from The Bells University designed/wrote the client login interphase. They both are Software Development Interns at Comeriver using C#/.Net and PageCarton to do the magic. 

Tolulope Ogundiji is the worthy mentor on the project, providing guidance and technical assistant to the interns. His help was instrumental to this fast deployment. Kudos to you friend. I also wrote a little code there. Haha 😂. The software is open source, so the codes are hosted on GitHub. Though most users will prefer to use the hosted version which is on our website for a fee. 

Now you can help us out by spreading the word about this solution. Most companies/organizations and governments need software like this to ensure productivity. 

What Would it Cost to Use ComeRiver Workplace?

The pricing is so affordable that the madam selling Akara on the street can pay effortlessly. The cost right now is ₦20 per hour and it is post paid, meaning that you use it first before you pay. So for a team that has four members, if the team works average of 5 hours per day, the daily rates will be:

20 x 5 x 4 = ₦400 per day. 

Though all payments are deferred until the end of the month. I believe 400 naira is nothing compared to what the team will gain when they are efficient and productive.

To encourage those who want to help us share this message, I’ll have an offer that will pay such person handsomely for up to one year by just referring us to someone who will subscribe to our services. Up to 20 percent on the subscription payments for a year will go into referrals. 

Imagine how much one would earn if they refer clients totally 100 team members or more. That’s about 10k per day residual income that’s guaranteed for a year. My DM is open for business for anyone interested in this. 

What about Comeriver Mail?

Remember, today being April 1st, we have previously announced we will be launching Comeriver Mail - the first Nigerian indigenous email service? Well, Workplace is taking it's place in the scheme of things now LOL. A new date will be announced soon to launch the email service; apologies for those on the waiting list.

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3 months ago

Pestilence . Religion . Nations . Midgets

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It’s interesting to see how the whole world bows to just one small virus. I laugh! Why? Well, dark days are here but those who parade themselves as flood lights has gone to hide. Now the whole street is hopeless; the world groans and we are in obvious disarray. Our kids will laugh at us when they go through the history books and find out how the midget cripple our giants. Didn’t we also wondered how the world lived without antibiotics. When people died in millions to harmful mi...

It’s interesting to see how the whole world bows to just one small virus. I laugh! Why? Well, dark days are here but those who parade themselves as flood lights has gone to hide. Now the whole street is hopeless; the world groans and we are in obvious disarray.

Our kids will laugh at us when they go through the history books and find out how the midget cripple our giants. Didn’t we also wondered how the world lived without antibiotics. When people died in millions to harmful microbes and Penicillin (an invention which came just by accident) became the savior?

As advanced as some of these bully countries claim to be, just one small virus has taught them to stay at home. The so-called “greatest country in the world” closed her border even against her allies. Blame games are flying like missiles from countries to countries. When the giants of the world are feeling, the midgets should just commit suicide, right? No, times like this reminds us that the world really has no giant. The message of equality makes the best sense here, that one day, the whole world stands still and will listen to one (anyone whoever) who has the solution for it’s shortcoming. Let's rise, dear midgets. Let us rise for the last time as midgets and become that who slay what giants flee from.

This also reminds me of one thing. That the only safe place in this world is in The Word of God. Jesus already spoke about pestilence - Pestilence means a deadly and overwhelming disease that affects an entire community. In Matthew 24: 7 (KJV) Jesus said:  “For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines and PESTILENCES and earthquakes in divers places.”; But surprising yet he said also in verse 8 (The Message): “This is nothing compared to what is coming.”.  Reading about this, I use to think of this as the problem of the third-world countries. But, we all know better now.

But should we be afraid? No, we need not fear! The Bible says in Psalm 91:1-16 (ESV): He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day”. 

What should we do then? The answer is the message Isaiah 60 which says : “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. 2See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you (Isaiah 60:1-2). This is time for the true sons of God to arise and be the light of the world in this dark days. 

Selah!

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4 months ago

I am 32 and Fabulous

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2020 is a great year, the year I turn 32. I am grateful for a lot – first for the good life and also for the wonderful people that have crossed my path in the last year. This time of the year is not only significant to me because of it being my birthday, it is even more so a day I have given birth to many other things that make up my life. This is not a day to drop a long epistle, but I being a somewhat deep person do better when I put down my thoughts before I share. So as the Psalm...

2020 is a great year, the year I turn 32. I am grateful for a lot – first for the good life and also for the wonderful people that have crossed my path in the last year. This time of the year is not only significant to me because of it being my birthday, it is even more so a day I have given birth to many other things that make up my life.

This is not a day to drop a long epistle, but I being a somewhat deep person do better when I put down my thoughts before I share. So as the Psalmist asked God to teach us [how] to number our days, sometimes, I just want to do things that would help remind me to be grateful for everything that has come my way. I also want to read my texts in years after and have a peek on what my thoughts were and also get graph-like snippets of my path of growth.

What’s up in 2020? So I do want to join a political party this year - in preparation to declare my intentions to run for an executive  (political) position in 2023. Yay! By 2023, I would be old enough to run for any office I so feel like in Nigeria. I think our dear country, Nigeria needs people like us, who have the vision and courage to step up and take responsibility of leadership of this country.

Enough of hoping for a better future for the coming generation; I think its time we join hands to build a great nation of our dreams. So I am on a look out for that solid party to join, any recommendations? Caveat though, I am not ready to start experimenting with parties without a solid structure or foundation; I would appreciate your prayers and support.

Also, I noticed we do not have any indigenous email solution in Nigeria. Russia has a “mail.ru”, South Africa has a “mail.co.za”; so I am building an email platform specially packaged for Nigeria.  It wouldn’t be so much work for me (It is a lot of work though), being one of Africa’s finest programmer and server administrator (*winks*) and also having championed a corporate email server “Comeriver Mail” specially for our website clients for many years, I could build this million-dollar venture with a minor fraction of what it should cost. Also, I will appreciate name suggestions for our email platform. Finally, a decade-old dream might come alive this year!

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6 months ago

Leveraging IT for the growth of SMES in OYO state

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Much talk about Information Technology, let’s get down to the business of putting technology to work as Ibadan Entrepreneurs Network (IEN) celebrates the 3rd year of impact in Oyo State, Nigeria.  Ayoola FALOLA, a cyber-security expert and founder of the web publishing technology PageCarton would be moderating a panel session discussing how Information Technology can be harnessed to help spawn exponential gain for Small and Medium Enterprises in Oyo State. Discussants of the pan...

Much talk about Information Technology, let’s get down to the business of putting technology to work as Ibadan Entrepreneurs Network (IEN) celebrates the 3rd year of impact in Oyo State, Nigeria. 

Ayoola FALOLA, a cyber-security expert and founder of the web publishing technology PageCarton would be moderating a panel session discussing how Information Technology can be harnessed to help spawn exponential gain for Small and Medium Enterprises in Oyo State. Discussants of the panel are Femi Aiki, the founder of Foodlocker - the foremost Ibadan hybrid e-commerce store; Ibrahim Lukman, the founder of Deep Tech Africa and expert in Virtual Reality, AI and other wider areas of deep technology. Lemmy Adedamola Kiari-Yussuf the CEO of Ecohub - a renowned office/co-working space in the heart of Ibadan will also be on the panel. 

Other features of the main event tagged “Ibadan Arise” 2019 Summit involves Workshops, Summit and Dinner. 

Make it a date on Thursday the 19th of December 2019 at 10am. Venue is the Penton Rise Events Centre, Bodija, Ibadan NIGERIA. 

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7 months ago
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