Ingressive for Good partnered with Geneza School of Design to help 1000 women build skills and careers in design. During the training, we realized the need and benefits of study buddies to better help the women learn and complete their courses. So we created study groups. At the end of the program, we recorded over 70% completions. Aminat Kehinde Akande tells us about her experience leading a study group, the impact she made and the impact it had on her.
“My name is Aminat Kehinde Akande, I’m a civil engineering graduate and I currently work as a site engineer in a construction company. I applied for the 1000 WID program organized by I4G and Geneza this year again and I got it this time. Yaaay!!! I said “again” because I’d applied before and didn’t get it. I was really excited when I got it that I took myself out just to celebrate. I chose the brand design track as I already had a prior knowledge in graphics design and wanted to know more about logo creation.
I’m really passionate about learning. I love to learn new things and try out new things so when the opportunity came to lead my team, I saw it as a learning opportunity and took it. I can lie to you that it was easy but we all know human beings are hard to manage. The major challenge people face in a team either as a leader/team member is that some people will always not want to participate. I tried to include everyone even if it meant talking to them individually, sending them DMs etc. because I understand that some people want to participate but it’s hard for them because they are shy.
As a leader, I learnt new ways of communicating with people and also tolerating people because we all have different orientations. This opportunity has helped me in so many ways as an individual as I continue to exhibit the leadership role everywhere I go. Taking the brand design course and learning how to create logos has pushed me to want to know more about design. I’m also participating in the I4G x Zuri training project phase (product design track) and also as the team lead for my project team; a team that consists of both designers and developers. And, it has been great so far.”
You can reach Aminat here