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“I learned to communicate and collaborate better” – Kayode Ayodele on the Enye Software Engineering Program

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“I learned to communicate and collaborate better” – Kayode Ayodele on the Enye Software Engineering Program

My Early Forays into Programming

I started my journey into programming in 2018 without any technical or computer science background. At the time, I had been running an online business and found it too repetitive. I decided to get a desktop app that would assist me in automating the work. I did not how to go about it, so I became curious as to how programs are built and started to look for where to learn to code. My programming journey began with learning Python at an institute. After 3 months, I realized that most of these institutes only give you theoretical knowledge, no practicality. So I switched to Udemy for a more hands-on learning style. I pivoted to Javascript and joined some online communities, built some projects, and learned several technologies. Still, it felt like I wasn’t really doing much; it felt like there was something missing.

Beginning of My Enye Journey

I went back to the institute where I initially learned Python. The power supply in my area was unstable and I needed a place to work. I met Marshall Akpan, a cohort 2 alumnus who told me about the Enye software engineering program. At the time, I didn’t feel I was doing enough or moving forward. Marshall explained that the program could help me step up.  I applied for cohort 3 and barely made it into the last coding challenge when my PC and Nigeria’s epileptic power situation failed me. Uche (the Director) asked me to prepare for the next cohort. When the time came, I was more prepared and got in.

When I heard that I could get a job after completing the program, I was thrilled.

– Kayode Ayodele, Cohort 4 alumnus

My pre-Enye expectations

My primary purpose was to get into a supportive community with a collaborative structure that’d help me grow my skills and grant me access to job opportunities. I also wanted a chance to build a real-life product. When I heard that I could get a job after completing the program, I was thrilled.

My Enye Experience and Lessons Learned

I worked as a frontend engineer MyFortVest and emerged as Team Lead. It was a great experience that has seen me skill up and grow in confidence. I learned to communicate and collaborate better. My code structure and quality has also improved tremendously. MyFortVest hired me after completing the Enye program, keeping with the initial promise of job placement through Enye.

Enye had such big impact on my career; I am grateful to the Enye team because everything I learned during the program will stay with me for a long time.


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