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25-5-2010 - What are women doing in ICT? Women in ICT are making a difference. How're women in ICT changing the game? Jidaw uses this web channel to share ideas with women in ICT. Ruth Anok, ICT professional, lectures at Olabisi Onabanjo University (Surulere Centre), Lagos. She connects and shares experiences with Jidaw.com in this interview.
Ruth Anok makes a difference through the work she does. She has no respect for status quo. She is a highly regarded and active member of the Jidaw Alumni Association . She represented the alumni during the W.TEC Girls Tech Camp.
In her words: "What is stopping women is stinking status quo thinking. Girls and women should develop the interest and focus on their growth and career desires. They should not allow anybody to make them inferior. There is nothing men are doing that they can't do. NOTHING!"
1: Please let us meet you. Let's know more about you.
2: When did you first become interested in computers? What spurred your interest in Information Technology? Have you always been interested in ICT?
Answer: I became interested in Computer the first day I knew that Computers could be used by anyone for long distance communication. I always wondered about what made this possible. In fact I can say I was fascinated by the power of the Internet and not just from a user's perspective. In 1996, Internet was still new in the country and I had I just got to Lagos. Incidentally, my interest was spurred by the café situated right in front of my house at that time. It always kept me thinking. I decided that I must know how communication through cable takes place. How is this possible? I wanted to know how to develop and configure networks. This led to my interest in taking the course in the University. And I'm still aspiring to develop further in the areas of Network Security administration.
3: What do you do presently? Please give us details of what it entails?
I am presently lecturing at Olabisi Onabanjo Universatiy (Surulere
Funmilayo Omojola, another Jidaw Alumnus, and I represented the Jidaw Alumni Association at the 2009 Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC) Camp for young girls.
4: Why are so few women working in the ICT sector?
Answer: Too many women bow to the stereotypes in society. We must reject this status quo. Many women feel that ICT sector is too technical and that anything that has to do Engineering and technical stuff is only for men. But I am saying it loud and clear today that there is nothing a woman cannot do. Even in the developed countries, women are engineers, so why can't Nigerian and African women venture into technical and engineering areas? What is stopping women is stinking status quo thinking. Girls and women should develop the interest and focus on their growth and career desires. They should not allow anybody to make them inferior. There is nothing men are doing that they can't do. NOTHING!
5: Which program did you enrol for at Jidaw and why?
I enrolled for the A+ Comptia and Networking Engineering Diploma. I
can say I really achieved a lot. During my ND and HND I was only
reading computer as a course - only learning the theory. So upon graduation I
started searching for a place that could offer me the practical
opportunities required for my career growth. I meet two friends who
recommended Jidaw. They specifically said that if I really wanted to
acquire practical skills in computer Engineering my best option was
Jidaw. My determination drove me to Jidaw. And I'm glad it wasn't a mistake.
6: How was your Jidaw experience?
Incredible! I can now assemble computers, upgrade old systems,
detect and correct faults on systems. I can also direct someone on
some steps to take when he or she is having problems with
systems. It was practical and result oriented.
7: What are the challenges you have faced in your achievement so far?
Answer: Not much apart from finance as the desire has always been there. And because the world is a global village, one needs to be updating his or her knowledge to flow with the technological changes that occur each day.
8: What advice do you have for people just starting out on the road to building a career in Computing and ICT? What tips and advice would you have?
Answer: In the IT/ICT Industry they are many opportunities out there whether you want to become a Field Support Engineer, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, etc. The opportunities are there. Those who want to build a Career in Computing and ICT should go for it and forge ahead with knowledge and awareness. They should not allow anything to distract them or make them feel they cannot do it. With determination and seriousness they can do whatever they desire to do.
9: What does the future hold for you?
Answer: With the experience I got from Jidaw and the use of online resources I see my experiences and opportunities as stepping stones to a pleasant future in the information technology (IT/ICT) industry. In particular my dream is to excel in information security starting by becoming a Network Security Administrator. I pray that God should help me to achieve my dream.
Did Ruth Anok stir something in you? What do you
have to say? How should we encourage the growth of women in the ICT
Did Ruth Anok stir something in you? What do you have to say? How should we encourage the growth of women in the ICT industry?
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