StudentBuilds Study Group 2020: Rosemary Okoro, UI/UX Designer.

“I am Rosemary Okoro, a final year computer science student in Yabatech. Being a computer science student, it is assumed that we are well grounded in tech, but that is not always the case and I was aware of the loopholes in my learning. I searched for tech careers I would be interested in, in order to develop my skills to match the requirements of those careers. I found UI/UX and I was captivated.

The UI/UX journey for me started in June 2020 during the lock-down. I was keen on learning a new skill and I had always admired product designs I saw online and a little curious about how it was achieved. I also knew it was a sure fire way to increase my earning power. So I dived in. After learning for some months, I had this constant  feeling that my design skills were not up to par with what is required in the industry. I also felt there was still so much to learn, and I basically just wanted someone to point me in the right direction. It was at this moment that a friend posted about the opening for the I4G StudentBuilds Studygroup program on a whatsapp group.

Finding the right motivation to learn, knowing what exactly to build on and also identifying errors when I make them are priceless benefits I got out of this program.

The weekly challenges thrown at me kept making me feel like I could do more and utilize my skills professionally. I pushed myself to keep learning and the program gave me the push I needed. Having a mentor also helped clarify some design concepts. I created an e-commerce platform for dairy products and it was amazing.

I definitely got empowered through the program. I feel I can take on any design challenge, it will only make me better. I have learned to be more confident in myself. The skill I currently have will definitely increase my earning and negotiating power.

Ingressive for Good has given anyone who wants to build a career in tech a good opportunity. Please go for it, but be ready to put in the required work. Thank you Ingressive for Good.”