Nigeria’s tech ecosystem is experiencing remarkable growth, propelled by the country’s dominant young population who continue to make significant strides in the industry. With innovative startups, cutting-edge technology and an increasingly tech-savvy workforce, Nigeria is positioning itself as a major player on the global technology scene.
However, amid this rapid growth and enthusiasm, there remains a challenge in upskilling young tech talent, from beginners to experts to startup founders. There is also a demand for Nigerian tech talents to secure job opportunities with international organizations across the world.
Bridging the skills gap among tech enthusiasts in Nigeria and enhancing their attractiveness for international tech jobs, Bincom Dev Center, a talent development platform, is committed to training and developing tech talent. The center’s programs, including Bincom Global Technology Program for beginners and intermediates, the Bincom mentoring platform for tech experts to validate their status as mentors, and the LABs by Bincom program to help techies build their startups, and the tech career coaching service to make Taking advantage of talented work and emigration opportunities, young Nigerian technology enthusiasts are.
Alumnus and beneficiary of the talent development platform’s technology programs, Collins Uzebu, in a recent Twitter space, shared his experience at Bincom Dev Center from his early days in technology to becoming a front-end software engineer at Marine Traffic , a company based in Greece. technology company and a mentor.
While explaining how he became interested in technology from his work as an animator to becoming a software engineer in 2018, Uzebu recalled his first encounter with Bincom Dev Center. He said: “At the beginning of 2019, I applied for an internship at Bincom but was rejected. I knew I wasn’t qualified yet, so in mid-2019 I fully committed to technology. I knew that to gain the industrial experience and skill level I needed, I would have to move to Lagos from Imo State. So, on the second try, I got an internship at Bincom in fall 2019 and since then there has been no break in my technology journey.
Uzebu further shared his early experience at Bincom and how it shaped his technology journey. He added: “When I first joined Bincom, the first thing I realized was that not everything was easy. So the first skill I had to learn was multitasking. Some may say multitasking is bad, but I have to say it has helped shape me. Without the ability to multitask effectively, I could have struggled later in my career. So I had to learn to manage several tasks simultaneously and accomplish them well. Another crucial skill I learned was teamwork.
Also speaking about the technical skills he learned, Uzebu said: “Because we were always working on live projects, it meant I had to learn a lot of things. I joined the team knowing Python and scripting, but by the time I left I had gained knowledge in all things software engineering and even data science. At Bincom, the philosophy was not to acquire just one skill. After 4 or 6 months, you had to learn another programming language. I learned skills in database design, structuring, caching and many more during my time at Bincom.
The technology expert explained his journey to becoming a front-end engineer, covering end-to-end technology while working on various projects at Bincom.
“I had the opportunity to work on the “Social Reputation System”, a proprietary algorithm of Social Lender. It was the first project I had to work on during my internship,” he revealed.
Uzebu also recalled his first difficulties but also the supportive advice he received at the center. He also spoke about the public speaking skills he learned during his time there. He said: “For me, the main aspect of developing knowledge was public speaking. Everyone had to research a particular topic related to what they did and explain it to the team, and not just the team, but the entire organization. This gave us the opportunity to learn public speaking. I believe that presenting regularly to the team has boosted our confidence in public speaking.
He continued: “Other things I did that helped me was getting involved in Leet Code. I mean, these days, no company wants to try to solve all these data structures and algorithm problems alone. So, being active in leet code at Bincom has given everyone an advantage in solving such problems. There was also a reward for the person who could first solve these algorithms or data structures. Developing this skill helped me even after leaving Bincom. Another thing that helped was global recognition, as we were encouraged to put ourselves out there and let the world see us. For example, if you search for a person’s name on Google, will you be able to find out what that person did? So, things like this at Bincom have motivated us to do more.
By the time he left Bincom, Uzebu had become a confident and experienced technology professional with valuable skills. He focused on honing his skills as a full-stack engineer between 2020 and 2021 and got his first remote job with a Philippine company within 2-3 months of the switch.
Uzebu also explained that he wasn’t particularly concerned about the location of a job, as he browsed jobs on platforms like Jobberman and sent personalized messages to startup founders or CEOs to express interest in their company . He highlighted that his experience in community events at Bincom helped him acquire the skills required for the job market.
He explained: “When I started applying for jobs, I had about 3 months of front-end development experience and almost a year of back-end experience. Landing a back-end role as a junior developer was difficult because the responsibility for back-end development could be significant and mistakes could be costly to the company. So I mainly focused on frontend roles. However, I eventually landed my first job as a full-stack developer at a company. It was not an easy process as it required multiple applications from different companies that were hiring.
Speaking on what foreign companies are looking for in tech professionals, Uzebu advised Twitter Space participants: “For startups, they usually look for candidates who can take on multiple roles and adapt in a dynamic environment. Working in a startup can be demanding, so having the right mindset and enthusiasm for such work is crucial. For established companies, gaining expertise in specific skills can be essential for retention. Startups, in particular, need employees who can contribute to various aspects of the business.
Committed to upskilling young technology enthusiasts in Nigeria, Bincom Dev Center continues to play a crucial role in equipping individuals like Uzebu with the skills and expertise to thrive in the technology industry.