An interview with our Alumna, Naheemah Adeleke ( Software Developer at YIP)

“I have had more job offers in 3 months that I graduated from Moat Academy than the entire two and half years in my former career” – Naheemah

Can we meet you?
My name is Naheemah Adeleke, a member of the cohort 14 bootcamp that ended in August 2020.

What were you doing before coming to Moat Academy?
I was working in a retail Luxury firm as a Client service executive, and within a year, I was promoted to a Group Sales Manager in the same firm.

What exactly do you want to achieve with the software development skills?
With my software development skill, I want to develop large scale enterprise solutions that will be beneficial to people in most part of the world.

Why did you choose Moat Academy for Developers?
The link to Moat Academy website was sent to me by a friend amongst other software training websites, on skimming through, the reviews caught my eye; I was amazed by the fact that I could be a software developer even without prior knowledge in programming.

How has things changed for you since gaining software development skills?
The journey has been amazing, I thank God every day that I made that decision to come to Moat Academy, the feeling that I can make an impact on the community and the world at large, not even to talk about the numerous job offers in this field.

What was your biggest fear before coming to Moat Academy and what do you feel about it now?
My biggest fear before joining Moat Academy is the fact that I am not a computer science graduate; I felt it might be more difficult for me grasping things in class due to that reason (I was scared I would be the dullard in class). Right now, I am confident I feel I am on the right path and I am adding value even though I am continuously learning.

How will you describe your experience in Moat Academy?
My experience in Moat Academy for me is one I cannot forget; I was transformed not just to a programmer. It was a total re-orientation for me with the career lessons I got from there.

What have you been able to achieve with the training?
I am able to acquire software skills, career lessons, job offers and extreme happiness doing what I love.

Can you share your experiences with us since you graduated from Moat Academy?
I have had more job offers in 3 months that I graduated from Moat Academy than the entire two and half years in my former career. Though, in the first week of my job, I suffered greatly from imposter syndrome, I wonder if I can actually do stuff I claim I can do, because the outside world was totally different from training school. Learning and writing code at your own pace was really different from organization standard, but then I adjusted (still adjusting), I knew doing stuff I am not confident of doing is a great way to grow, I have so many positive writings I scribble on my sticky note and stick on my table at work, it helps me greatly to achieve my task for the day. Luckily also, I have a boss that feels I am adding value, this helps increase my “can do” spirit, it also makes me strive more to work on that hard task.

What advice do you have for those coming into Moat Academy?
Don’t let the fact that you do not have a prior experience hinder you to become the best you can be. Also never see the class assessment as too much, it really helped me to know if I understood what is being taught or not. Lastly, don’t joke with the morning career sessions.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself building world class solutions through learning of other valuable and trending languages, also to be an artificial intelligent (AI) guru .