CU Computer and Information Sciences Students Receive Keys to Industry Success
“The global economy is growing very fast. Such a level of growth can only be managed through technology,” Head of IT, Heirs Holdings, Mr Austine Abolusoro, remarked in his dynamic presentation as guest speaker on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Town & Gown interactive session hosted by the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, Covenant University.
In his presentation titled, “IT Career: Expectations and Opportunities in the Business World,” Mr Abolusoro shared his industry experience in order to inform Computer and Information Sciences Students of the significance of their contribution to today’s IT industry.
The Head of Department, Computer and Information Sciences, Dr A. Adebiyi welcomed faculty, staff and students and encouraged the students to take on board the information presented at the Town & Gown as it will enlighten them of potential career opportunities. It will also provide an up to date knowledge of the IT industry. He emphasised the importance of gaining leverage on the knowledge of experts in the industry.
In his presentation, Mr Abolusoro emphasised the fact that IT has a lot to offer the business world. He outlined 5 levels of IT organisation; the first of these being a functional level which is the role IT has largely served in the past. The second level, he mentioned, is that of an enabling role. This is where the primary purpose of IT is to support the business operations. The third level is a contributing role where IT raises business performance. This is currently where many organisations in Nigeria are situated in their use of IT. The fourth level of IT incorporation Mr Abolusoro discussed is where it plays a differentiating role; assisting businesses in gaining a competitive advantage. He used the example of banks sending text messages to advertise their various banking products. The fifth level of IT organisation is where IT is running the business. “This is the level in which IT operates in more established economies,” he stated. “Using IT at this level will change how things are done in the business.”
Mr Abolusoro also alerted the students of the growing need globally, for IT specialists. Current levels of economic growth worldwide require IT to effectively manage it. He mentioned that out of the top billionaires world-wide, 30% make their money from IT. “This shows IT is the way of the future,” he told the students. “Many successful people can’t run their business without IT.”
He advised the students on how to build a successful IT career. The first key he mentioned was to develop passion; use your disadvantage to succeed. Don’t allow it to be a barrier. The second key was to start early. He used the example of Steve Jobs who started Apple when he was 20 years old. Mr Abolusoro also reminded students that the Nigerian company, Jobberman, was launched by three students while they were still in university.
The third key he discussed was to embrace change. “You have a choice about whether you want to deny it, resist it or embrace it,” he told students. The fourth key was to keep learning as the industry is changing at such a fast rate and students must expect to read widely and to attend training. The fifth key was to collaborate with others and the sixth key was to seek funding. He mentioned that there are government and individual grants available to students. The final key he mentioned was to believe in God. “If you follow all the keys without the seventh there will be a gap,” he told the students.
He encouraged the students to cultivate a solid IT foundation, through developing their skills in mathematics, programming and statistics.
Those in attendance at the event were Dean of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; Director of Academic Planning, Dr Olawande Daramola; Head of Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Dr Ayodele Adebiyi and other faculty of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.