Welcome to Humans of TechAdvance!


Through this feature, we catch up with TechAdvance team members to learn a bit more about our respective work, what excites us about it and being a part of the company. Look out for some great responses to the random quizzing!



Human of the day: Yemi Onafuye


What is your job title?

Lead, Business Analyst

When did you start working at TechAdvance?

March 2016

Describe your role

My role is business analysis-the middleman between our product development team and our current and future customers. My job is to ensure there is a profitable fit between what our customers need and what our development team creates. You can consider my role to be monetizing our value. 

What do you love about your job?

The daily opportunities I get to create. My job is not routine and there are always many unknowns. At the risk of sounding clich├ęd, I get to be part of a team that creates solutions.

What is your Favourite quote or mantra which applies to work?

The good old “What is worth doing at all is worth doing well.”

Please describe the culture at TechAdvance ( in your own opinion)

TechAdvance’s culture is tolerant and accommodates various individual peculiarities. I think I find that most interesting about it.

When you are not working, what do you love doing ?

At the moment Netflixing is competing with my reading habit. Depending on which wins, outside work I would be doing either of the two.

Do you remember your first day or week at work here? Please give a brief description of your observations.

It was the start of the Lagos office. So, my observation was “This is new, this is new, this is new, and then, plenty work, plenty work, plenty work.”

What is your favourite memory or event at TechAdvance so far?

It was one of those deal closing moments when you realize months of work was worth it.

Do you have any super powers?

Absolutely! I can run very fast and far away from dogs. 

The Future of Technology

Talking about the future of Technology, let’s take a look at how much interest younger generations have taken in it either for career advancement, everyday use or problem-solving.

Today’s younger generations have not known a world without the Internet, smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media networks.

Social media is not at all negative as believed by some school of thoughts and the younger generations are the avid, most active users of these platforms.

Technology, in general, has some very life changing positive impacts on lives but that’s a choice you would have to consciously make.

Younger Generations’ Interest in Technology as a Career path

Technology has its positive effects on younger generations if used in the right way because it is a very useful tool for career advancement and the most affordable way of learning.

Skill Acquisition

With technology, you are free to learn whatever you want to learn whether it is a new skill in any area or you want to impact your own knowledge. You can do all that using technology and so much more.

The smart younger ones would use technology to advance their careers by reading blog posts, watching YouTube videos, subscribing to email newsletters, signing up for free online courses all to learn new skills which would put them ahead of their mates in the labour market.

Technology also helps when searching for jobs because apart from online job sites, there are Twitter handles that connect directly to companies on LinkedIn when they post jobs vacancies.

YouTube is a vast wealth of knowledge and a useful tool for career advancement and even personal skill development. Best part? It’s free.

Online Courses

With Technology, online courses sites like Lynda, Udemy and so on can now help you attain a higher level in your existing profession by tutoring on the next level of skillset required to take your career to the next level.

Professional Certifications

You can now sign up, learn and attain professional certifications which can help you achieve your dream job or increase your professional level and career.

Even on the Job or in school, technology is still saving lives by enabling them to conduct research on topics whether it's for work or a client or maybe it’s a school assignment.


Younger Generations’ Interest in Technology for Day to Day Use

Technology is extremely useful for day to day use because of how fast messages gets across from sender to receiver and vice versa.

For schools

Groups can be created on various social media platforms to enables the instant flow of new information to all participants of that group.

Lecturers can communicate with their students via emails, they can also submit assignments, tests, project works via emails and this prepares the student for professional working life.

For Work

Communication all around the office can be done through emails, project management tools or a communication software where everyone in the company is connected to that platform and you can get across to anyone when you need them during office hours.


Reasons 

Easily accessible in some countries

Technology, Internet, smartphones and social media are super easy in some countries with parents giving their children smartphones at early ages.

Easy to operate and manage

Unlike older generations, younger people are quicker to learn technologically related stuff like the use of smartphones, Internet and social media because they were exposed to it when they were much younger.

Addictive

Everyone has that thing we are addicted to and to younger generations, it is social media, the Internet and smartphones. You can see them texting on the street, in public transportation and some, even while driving.

Flexibility

The use of the Internet and different social media platforms enable users to shape who they want to be. Some may choose to be someone else on their social media profiles while others may keep it real but having that choice alone is very interesting.

What has changed in comparison to previous generations?

Early exposure and the Internet.

Younger generations have been exposed to Technology at a much younger age than their parents or grandparents and this has created room for a faster learning curve and adoption rate.

The Internet has supercharged everything technological because everything is now available in technological forms, which mostly require Internet access may be for cloud storage or daily operations or even both.

The older generation didn’t have much technological exposure and or access to the Internet



Welcome to Humans of TechAdvance!

Through this feature, we catch up with TechAdvance team members to learn a bit more about our respective work, what excites us about it and being a part of the company. Look out for some great responses to the random quizzing!

Human of the Day: Stephanie Ofoedu


Meet Stephanie Ofoedu, from our Finance department. She is involved in the day-to-day operations as an analyst and works closely with a great team to ensure our short and long -term strategies are both realistic and financially viable. Stephanie joined the company during her Youth Service year and is now a full-fledged TechAdvancer. She shares her views on work in the real world and what she enjoys about exploring it here.

What is your Job title?

I am a Financial analyst.

When did you join TechAdvance?

I joined TechAdvance in May 2nd 2017 during my Youth Service year.

What do you love about your job?

I love the scope and dynamics of my job. It fits in well with my personality. There is room to explore and grow. Financial analysts are considered valued business partners and key decision makers. Companies rely on their recommendations to help execute strategy.


What is your favourite mantra when it comes to work?

“A dream doesn't become reality through, magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work”.

Describe the culture at TechAdvance in your opinion.

The culture here isn’t rigid which allows us to be innovative and creative.

When you are not working, what do you love doing?

Socializing

Do you remember your first day here? What were your observations?

My first day at work was really nice; everyone was accommodating, and ready to help out.
I liked the cooperation, energy and vibe of the company.

What is your favourite memory here so far?

It is a Team bonding barbecue that was sponsored by the CTO. It was a good opportunity to get to know our colleagues and understand their respective work better.

Do you have any superpowers?

My supernatural power is Beauty and Brains.

Welcome to Humans of TechAdvance!

Through this feature, we catch up with TechAdvance team members to learn a bit more about our respective work, what excites us about it and being a part of the company. Look out for some great responses to the random quizzing!


Building applications forms the bedrock of our work at TechAdvance. The systems Engineering department is at the forefront of innovation, tests and our products in this regard. Meet Kazeem Noibi- our Lead, Systems Engineer and let’s find out what makes him tick.

Human of the Day: Kazeem Noibi




What is your job title?

I am the Lead, Systems Engineer at TechAdvance. In the Systems Engineering department, we build all the web-based applications at TechAdvance.

When did you start working at TechAdvance?

I started working at TechAdvance early December 2016

What do you love about your job?

I love the ability to freely innovate, collaborate and mentor young developers while delivering world-class high-end products that actually solve real problems.

What is your Favourite quote or mantra, which applies to work?

My favourite quote is: "Use what works for you and don’t condemn what works for others".

Describe the culture at TechAdvance (in your opinion).

TechAdvance is a fantastic work environment where any SERIOUS individual can have a progressive career. As a developer in TechAdvance, the environment allows us to build up interesting portfolios that solve real-world problems. Here, there are no barriers; there is free access to ANYBODY.

When you are not working, what do you love doing?

When I am not working, I am listening to Music (I am a huge fan of Fuji Music (Barrister, Saheed Osupa, Kollington)), I mentor young developers to build careers in technology and I am also active in the religious circle where we do some volunteering in community-driven activities.

Do you remember your first day or week at work here? Give a brief description of your observations.

Coming from a previous work experience as a Remote developer for a foreign company, settling down was not that easy. On my resumption, I was tasked with stabilizing the technology side of a project that was staggering at that time and with my efforts coupled with that of my colleagues, it was easily achieved. We can confidently say that the product is stable right now.

What is your favourite memory or event at TechAdvance so far?

My favourite memory is our code camp last December. We had gone for the Christmas holidays and about 3 days into the holidays, I received a call came from our CTO that we needed to report to work to build a new product. We had to resume in a camp (a very conducive place for that matter), and in 8 days (Yes, Eight Days!) the product was ready. It was a fantastic experience for us, and the memory lingers till date.



Welcome to Humans of TechAdvance!

Through this feature, we catch up with TechAdvance team members to learn a bit more about our respective work, what excites us about it and being a part of the company. Look out for some great responses to the random quizzing!


The compliance and procurement team at TechAdvance exists to ensure that all necessary conditions and purchases that ought to be met concerning the smooth operation of its products; platforms and services are duly sourced, processed and delivered efficiently.

Human of the Day: Eghosa Ewone


Meet Eghosa Ewone, who helps drive this department. He shares views on love for his work, humanitarian activity outside the office and how he makes all parts come together.

What is your job title?

 I am the Lead, Procurement and Regulatory Compliance.

What work does your department do?

The procurement team manages order cycle and closure, supplies and acquisitions of various equipment and materials needed while the compliance team plays the role of ensuring the company is in total conformity with all laws, regulations, certifications, licenses and standards required of its products and services.

What do you love about your job?

Two core reasons. Relationships and its Dynamism. I enjoy working with people across all strata and building relationships. Procurement requires excellent relationship building with everyone from suppliers to sales, marketing and maintenance, facilities to finance & risk to PR to be able to deliver efficiently. Also, saving money is a major aspect required of the job and thus, the ability to avoid cost, reduce it, and help my company achieve profitability is a major propelling factor.

When did you join TechAdvance?

October 2016

What is your favorite quote, which applies to work?

“What you do is what matters, not what you think, or say, or plan” ~ Jason Fried - REWORK. 


Describe the culture at TechAdvance in your opinion

The culture at TA is startup driven - one required for technology firms to continuously reinvent themselves. From having an inspirational leader who wears pyjamas to colleagues who deliver great work & take on tasks without being in a traditional office environment, TA isn't a regular place to work. Passion, values and an amazing work ethic drive its people and despite the challenging issues faced daily, the burning passion and extreme interest to get things done set us apart from the competition.

When you aren’t working, what do you love doing?

When I'm not working, I'm volunteering to end widespread hunger and food waste with @FoodCliqueSupport. I see this as my life's mission. 

Do you remember your first day at TechAdvance? What were your observations? 

My first day at work remains a memorable one. We had begun to spread further into the Northern part of Nigeria & we welcomed our colleagues from that region to a meeting. For me, it was game on from day one so, the week was mostly filled with introductions, learning the ropes, setting expectations and demonstrating the value I was called upon for. 

What is your favourite memory here at TechAdvance?

Birthdays remain a favourite time for me at TA. We get to find time to celebrate with our colleague, putting work and perhaps any grievances aside. 

Do you have any superpowers?

People tend to say I am a master negotiator. I guess this has to be it!