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3 Takeaways from Andela’s #alcCareerFair

by FRANK ELEANYA

December 6, 2017 | 5:06 pm
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Andela’s Android Learning Community Career Fair #alcCareerFair was one of the most discussed topics on several social media platforms in Nigeria last weekend.

The fair – a partnership with Microsoft and Google – particularly resonated with young potential Android developers and tech talents, because it provided an opportunity to learn the steps to getting the dream position in companies.

The #alcCareerFair aims at creating job opportunities for participants of the Andela Android Leaning Community. It was launched in Nigeria earlier this year, to identify and certify Android developers in Nigeria as globally competitive by way of an Udacity Course. Udacity’s onlince curriculum, and Google’s community science, ALC 1.0 has supported over 2,000 aspiring technologists to date and has resulted in over 1,000 of them becoming Android developers.

The second edition which held on Saturday, 2 December was attended by 54 businesses alongside 100 developers from the programs, who were interviewed on the spot. There were also some interesting takeaways from the carefully selected facilitators and panel that included BusinessDay Fintech Editor.

Nigeria is brimming with tech talents

Among the 100 developers that were signed up the program, were some amazing talents who got the opportunity to showcase what they were made of during a demo session.

One of the demos was from Tosin Omotoyinbo. He demonstrated an invention called Audnote, an app that helps people convert their lecture notes to audio files. Given that there are times when students may not have the time to pick up their books to read or may not feel like, they can easily put on their Audnote and they are learning. It also means you can learn on the go, while driving or taking a stroll. However, we are not sure how the inventor hopes to make money from it.

Growing local companies’ interest in home grown tech talents: BusinessDay spoke to Andela’s representative who said that companies outside the country used to be much more interested in working with their talents compared to businesses in Nigeria. However, an impressive number of local companies showed up to carry out recruitment processes for the talents. This according to the rep is indicative that things are changing. Some of the companies that were present include Wakanow, GTbank, Signal Alliance, KLIQR, Cousant Connect, among others.

“It is our hope that these businesses are able to hire developer talent at this event. This would mark a huge win for the Nigerian tech ecosystem, as an example of an end-to-end skills acquisitions and hiring cycle,”

Training is critical. It is the lifeblood of any meaningful growth in the tech industry in Nigeria. During the Job Readiness Masterclass facilitated by Andela’s Talent Acquisition Manager, participants learned about writing curriculum vitae, preparing for job interviews and how to get the dream job.

William Florance, head of Outreach Developer Platform Ecosystem at Google emphasised the need for continuous learning and growing because that is the only way to be the best and to remain relevant.

“For you to achieve your dreams, you have to step out of the normal; your growth happens beyond normal,” said Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, senior Industry Manager, Google.

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by FRANK ELEANYA

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