My name is Sanusi Ganiyat. A 400level student of the Faculty of Management Sciences; Marketing department. I am currently doing my Industrial Training at APTECH Kaduna.
How did you get there, and what works do you do?
I got to know about APTECH during my search for placement using Google. I saw the name, checked what they were about, and called the number to make an inquiry. I was told to resume the second day.
As a student of marketing, you can work in companies, tech firms, insurance companies, among others.
What was the first shock you experienced?
The first shock I experienced was my supervisor giving me a manual to read and summarise later. My thought about IT was that it was going to be free from reading and going to be mainly practical, but I was wrong.
Interesting things about the place
One interesting thing is that there is this restaurant down my office that kills me with the aroma of their fantastic food. I mean, I just get to smell with my nose and not taste it. One other exciting thing is I don’t go to work every Monday. My place of work is close to the prison yard, Kaduna so when there is a court trial I am always home.
What are the challenges you face every day since you started your IT?
The challenges I have faced ever since I started is that I have to go to work, without excuse when though at times I wish to stay at home and sleep. In school, there are times you can predict if a lecture will hold or not and decide to stay at home and get information from colleagues, but here, I have to go, whether the weather is favorable or not. It can be tiring, though.
What have you learned other than things related to academics?
I am a taciturn person who likes her space. But here, I have met a lot of people I have to relate with daily because of my kind of job. So it has reshaped my confidence in speaking to anyone when I know I am saying something right. I have had time to take online courses, which has been more exciting and helpful.
Which is easier? Work or school?
Work or school ? I think I prefer both. Whatever I am putting in practice here is what I was taught in school. Just that IT has given me an avenue to see the practical aspect of what lecturers make confusing at times. But I feel the only reason work is better is that I am free from exams, tests, attendance. I also have the time to engage in other things.
Has your IT Program Contributed to your academic or personal life?
IT has contributed to both my academic and personal life. One way or the other, I have seen that challenging courses are accessible if I was taught the practical aspect; maybe I would have had a lot of As. For my personal life, I have more confidence in myself now; no more low self-esteem. I feel I now understand so many things I didn’t understand in school then, out of the experience.
Oya gist us(tell us random things)
Bring your ear closer; tell those 300level students that IT placement no be beans o. I searched Google sotey the thing tire me. I called numbers, I carried bag with IT letter under the scorching sun looking for placement. See ehn, I can list marketing companies in Kaduna for you. I knew them through my Google searches, and some of them told lies in their google information. You will see that we are a marketing firm, get there and it is printing and photocopy they are doing o. What of the ones that will tell you they will get back? Well, they may call back tomorrow morning. Your aunty is telling you she knows somebody in shell abi? My sister, dey deceive yourself. When the time comes you go hear story. You are thinking they will give you money na, they will give you dollar sef. Nigeria failed us already