Andela: The Beginning of an Odyssey

Yay!! Yippee yah yo! I succeeded! I was accepted into the Andela movement. The journey was a very tough one, filled with many moments of difficulty, high demands and, yes, hope, but I triumphed. This calls for a feast…

… no, not yet. True, success at the bootcamp is a laudable feat. But it also means I’m starting the full Andela training program. And if bootcamp was tough, it’s still a piece of cake compared to the training I will undergo as an Andela fellow. That’s what I’ve learned from Andela training staff as well as Andela fellows that started before me.

So, a take-away from my first week of work is: the road ahead is tougher, rougher and more uneasy than before.

Next, I now have detailed information about the training process at Andela. You see, after the bootcamp, I have to go through at least 6 months of rigorous training before I can be deemed ready to work on clients’ projects. This training involves simulating client engagements by working in teams on various projects, working alone on other projects and garnering various soft skills that are required to become a top developer that creates awesome software for/with companies all over the world.

So my second take-away from this week is that I know the different stages of my training over the next 6 months. This means I can plan ahead and act on that plan. It’s as the elders say in Yorùbá: “ogun àwítẹ́lẹ́ kìí pa arọ- ìyẹn arọ tó bá gbọ́n”. That is, “if he/she is wise, a crippled person will never be killed by an impending attack/war he/she has been warned of long ago”. Indeed, the expectations are many: write clean, maintainable code, integrate seamlessly into a team and collaborate to create awesome things, pay attention to and meet deadlines for project submissions and many more. I intend to act wisely, so I am taking various steps to excel during my training period.

For one, I have made it a habit to seek out my seniors for advice on what to do, how to do them and what pitfalls to avoid. This has been very insightful and has helped me form an initial plan for success. A great part of that plan is to start my projects early and try to finish them as early as possible. Another part is to refuse to fixate on a problem for too long. I will try my best to fix it. If that fails, I’ll ask for guidance from my trainers, more senior Andela fellows or my colleagues, solve the problem and move on.

My plan for success keeps getting updated as I get more insights and wisdom. But what is constant is this: I intend to succeed excellently in this 6 months of training. I didn’t give up before now, and I haven’t come this far to lose.

Thanks for reading!

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