Rafiat Akodu stumbled upon the WAVE IT and Employability Skills Training on Facebook, intrigued by the promise of enhancing her technical skills, Rafiat seized the chance and attended the interview session, and was admitted to take on Computer Hardware and Networking.
The computer and networking classes became Rafiat's entry to a world of tech. Enthusiastically recounting her experience, she expressed her delight with the training, "I decided to join the training so I can upgrade my technical skills because of the demand around tech currently. The computer and networking class was amazing where we learned how to maintain and troubleshoot computers, mobile phones, and laptops.”
The training was not just about technical skills; it also encompassed valuable soft skills that are crucial for success in any field. Rafiat discovered topics like time management, a skill she now applies in her daily life. "I enjoyed time management; I got to understand the four quadrants in time management, and since then I have put it into practice, and it has been helpful for me," she remarked.
"I also learned about managing expectations. Before now, I didn’t understand the concept of managing expectations, but I have gotten better at it. I have also become a better communicator so the training has been helpful and amazing," she stated.
Rafiat faced economic hurdles that made attending the training difficult at times. However, her determination prevailed, and she successfully completed the program. Reflecting on this, she shared, "Despite facing economic challenges that made attending the training difficult at times, I am glad I was able to complete it."
Now equipped with a solid foundation in technology, and employability skills, Rafiat is actively seeking internship opportunities to apply her newfound knowledge. She also intends to apply for her Masters, where she aims to further integrate her skills into her academic pursuits. Expressing her gratitude, Rafiat emphasized, "I am grateful that I have this solid foundation in technology, especially because it was not paid for."
Through this program, Rafiat found not just technical skills but a pathway to a brighter future, illustrating the transformative power of vocational training centers in Lagos.