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Hear from Tolani Olawore, Alumni of the Month (September 2022)

My name is Tolani Olawore. I am an Engineering graduate from the University of Benin. I found out about I4G while in school. I already knew I did not want to continue with engineering after school but I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I was actively looking for alternatives. I was taking courses and trying new things. Eventually, I decided to transition into tech. I started following influencers like Adaora Lumina and Blessing Abeng, and got  interested in branding.  

A friend of mine reposted the I4G Women in Design scholarship which was in partnership with Geneza. I applied and I got in! The program gave me an opportunity to learn brand design which was aligned with my interests in branding.

The scholarship course gave me a comprehensive knowledge on brand design. It also introduced me to how the industry works. Now I have a qualification to include in my CV and recommend to prospective employers. 

While studying brand design, I found it easy to grasp the subject. The course material wasn’t difficult to understand. It was explanatory. The templates and additional resources really came in handy. I still have them in my hard drive and use them often. 

I also got the Jobberman scholarship. The course was enlightening! I learnt so much. It helped me finetune and acquire soft skills which have come in handy at my current job. 

After the Jobberman scholarship, I started working on my project and built my portfolio. I joined the I4G community on campus. As a part of the I4G community, Alumni network and a recipient of I4G’s newsletters I have benefited a lot.

I also took the product management course. The course was really technical and I had barely 6 weeks to put it all together. I took this course whilst working. It wasn’t easy but I put in my best to complete the course successfully. I consider these scholarship opportunities golden. From each of them I’ve acquired skills that have been beneficial in my career. 

The skills and certificates I have gained helped boost my confidence as I applied for jobs. Eventually, I got a job as a community manager. The skills and experience gained while taking courses from Ingressive for Good community are paying off! 

The knowledge I have gained while studying engineering, taking courses and building my portfolio has helped me in my personal and professional development. Working remotely as a community manager requires good communication skills, discipline amongst other necessary skills. As a community manager, it’s great to see how the product or platform you promote impacts lives. I’m always happy when I see testimonials from our community. It’s great that I can also make an impact. 

My earning power has increased since taking advantage of opportunities provided by Ingressive For Good. 

I4G gave me an opportunity to transition from Engineering to Digital Marketing easily. I am forever grateful for the impact they have made in my life!

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