An Ibadan Girl’s Guide to Being a Tech Bae (Part 2)

And so our story continues, the captivating tale of my foray into the world of technology.

After the years of on-and-off attempts to learn Python, I have restarted learning programming. I am studying to become a front-end developer and my learning journey began with HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Having gained some level of mastery of HTML, I have gone on to start learning Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Bootstrap. I have also begun to pick up Javascript.

It is important to let you know that this is not a story about a final destination. It really is a tale of my journey. I hope to share my tale with you as it unfolds.

The simple, yet profound advice I got from the near-stranger remains with me. And I would like to pass it on to you. It is to carefully select what you want to learn and to understand what you intend to do with the knowledge you are about to expend time and resources gaining.

I spent all those years wandering in the maze of tech, near-blind. Technology is not a one-size-fits-all and learning Python did not have to be my only way of entering tech even though it was my first exposure to tech. I needed to understand that front-end development was where I wanted to be and Python did not need to be the way to get there.

I hope this helps if you, like me, would love a foray into tech and you are unsure how to get in. Know your ‘Why’.

PS: I would love to learn about your tech journey. Share it with me via the contact button below or in the comments!

An Ibadan Girl’s Guide to Lifelong Learning

I bet you have already figured out that I am definitely not an expert on this topic. Heck, I am hardly even qualified to speak on it. We both know I am almost a good five decades away from the global average life expectancy. I reckon anyone who has passed the global average is an expert (expert being defined very loosely here). Anyway, we are here. Might as well delve into this.

My first tip would be healthy curiosity. You are probably thinking “But curiosity killed the cat!” Well, true. Curiosity did kill the cat but hey, guess what, satisfaction brought it back. Yes, yes, that is indeed the lesser known end of the well-known saying.

Another tip would be to select your company. It just so happens that the kind of content that the people in your immediate mental, social and physical environment consume dictates a lot of the kind of content you consume. I bet that, as kids, we all heard the saying “Evil communication corrupts good manners” more times than we cared to hear it. Urgghh. Turns out our parents and those annoying teachers were right. The people you closely and constantly interact with can determine a lot about you. Including your approach to learning.

The final tip is to learn. Yep, to learn. On your own terms and rules. Determine the kind of knowledge that you want, your approach to learning and where you want to source the knowledge from. Pick topics and issues that genuinely interest you and not the hot topic that everyone seems to be raving about. Learn in your own time and at your own pace and in ways that make learning pleasurable.

Well, well, well. It turns out I ended up creating an actual guide. LOL. I hope you found this helpful!