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It wasn’t Dickson Durosakin’s childhood dream to become a Python instructor. Before now, he just wanted to be an accountant who could afford whatever he needed. However, while working as an accountant, he got stuck with a project that changed his path to technology. Dickson Durosakin is now on the tech doorstep, bringing more tech enthusiasts into the tech world.
how it started
Everyone had a childhood dream, although most haven’t ended up walking the track to date. Durosakin is no exception. Growing up, he had the opportunity to visit his modestly wealthy uncle. There he had access to things he loved as a child and often saw his uncle come home dressed in three-piece suits. This way of life fascinated Durosakin. “He could afford anything we needed, and that privilege always made home fun for us. Watching him prepare for a perfectly decent job and live the life of his dreams influenced me. When I found out he was an accountant in a bank, I made a commitment to be one myself,” he explained. Fast forward to 2019, Dickson Durosakin was among the new accounting graduates introduced to the job market by the University of Lagos.
During his senior undergraduate year, Durosakin had plenty of free time, which he enjoyed with his grandfather. Throughout time, Youtube was his companion and he watched videos on a wide range of topics. After a while, he noticed that a certain type of video piqued his interest over others. He loved technical videos and often surprised himself on pages like Fisayo Fosudo‘s. “I always had it in my head that I wanted to be in tech, but I also felt like I couldn’t do it because it was for geniuses,” he said. declared.
Some of his friends invited him to take technical training at his school’s engineering department. This training fueled his inquisitive mind but did not allay his fears of being reckless to survive in the technological space.
After graduation, he served in Oyo State for NYSC in 2020 and worked as a teacher. Being a young man with an entrepreneurial spirit, he worked freelance on projects for clients in the field of accounting. During one of his projects for a client, he realized that his Excel and accounting skills were not sufficient to face some difficult tasks. He had been working on an Excel sheet that could automatically calculate the return on investment (ROI) for a client. However, the client had a Oliver Twist character and wanted more. “The client said he wanted something that could alert him more, and he can use it on his mobile. I couldn’t do everything he asked with the knowledge of Excel that I That’s when I decided to code. I thought about creating an application and providing it with the necessary functionality to use it,” he explained.
In service, he acquired the basics of coding in 3 months. Then he couldn’t build an app because he wanted to fulfill the client’s request. But he could have her receive notifications and send emails within three months. After service in 2021, he got a job his first job with instinctHub. He applied to become a backend developer, hoping to learn more on the job. “I told the boss that I wanted to be his back-end developer, but I don’t think I had enough skills. I told him the plan was to be an intern and learn on the job. He told me agreed because he saw my confidence, but when I got to the premise, he told me to try and teach someone. I taught the person, and he said I would be good as an instructor. I performed poorly the first few times, but I kept improving,” he explained.
The learning curve has not been easy for Durosakin, especially with Nigeria’s socio-economic realities. He faced the challenge of an erratic power supply, high data costs, and suspicions from his family members who perceived him as an internet fraudster. During the learning process, he got resources from freeCodeCamp, Youtubeand Udemy. He has taken courses like 100 Days of Python, The complete web development Bootcamp by Angela Yu and Web developer Bootcamp by Colt steel on Udemy. On freeCodeCamp, he took courses such as Responsive web design, Data analysis with Python and Frontend Development Libraries.
Durosakin notes that some online resources can be expensive for beginners, but be mindful of when there are discounts. “Udemy is significantly reducing the cost of its courses, and the courses initially listed at N46,000 could drop below N5,000,” he said. He suggests that if classes are still not affordable, Youtube is a good solution. However, he doesn’t entirely approve of this because “you would learn a lot of useless things before the necessary ones. You will be scared if you look at the advanced resources before the basics. But if you buy a course that someone has carefully planned, it takes you from the basics to the advanced level,” he explained.
How’s it going
Currently as an instructor, his preferred mode of learning has changed from video to reading books. Surprisingly, the more he taught, the better he became. As a result, it provides insight into when the instinctHub team is at a crossroads. “Whenever there is a problem in the office and we think about how to solve it, I have been able to provide solutions to current problems that other teammates do not see,” he said.
Determination and motivation.
“I’ve always been determined to be the best at what I do. I know working at a big company like Google is hard work. Constantly evaluating people to do a great job keeps me going,” said Durosakin.