We all have our own special memories of dad, as a Husband, Father, brother and Uncle. To everyone who knew him, he was a very simple family man. For me, my brothers, sisters and cousins, he was a very caring and gentle father who always provided for us and never stopped supporting us. He was Honest, thoughtful and a man of strong Christian principles.
Dad was a simple man with simple pleasures. He always enjoyed having long talks with us which he used to instil life lessons in us. He loved taking short walks whenever he had the time. He loved his garden eggs and water melon. He found it easy to smile and talk to anybody. He was a gentle and easy man.
Family was very important to dad, he always seemed to have time for our extended family and relations. He was always there to listen and provide support and encouragement to everyone in the family no matter the circumstances. He was a good listener and had a gift for communicating, he treated every one with equal amount of respect no matter who they were.
His example has set a high standard for us to live up to. His values and
principles will continue through us all.
For that we are all eternally thankful.
THE IT INDUSTRY AND CERTIFICATIONS
Feeling sad and annoyed today as I and my team members just got told that our contract on a Technical support campaign has just been terminated. The contract has been moved to a different contractor and we can either choose to continue on the contract in a different physical location or we can basically fuck off without any redundancy pay or something of that sort. This is the second time in my short 3 years IT career that I have been laid off or made redundant. this is becoming a norm in these recession stricken times. I am back to the drawing board with my CV and I am currently applying for Jobs with all this ridiculous IT certification requirements and experiences. So, I feel like bitching about IT Certifications…….
The recession has fucked so much of the norm off. My parents expected that I should get a wonderful “IT Job” straight out of university seeing as I graduated with a second class upper degree. I also naively expected to get that job until I got hit with the classic “How much working experience do you have?” question. Before I could wrap my head around that question, I got hit with the “What kind of IT certifications do you have?”. Ehmm, I thought you guys (Employers) were supposed to train us on the specific IT skills you wanted us to apply to the Job based on the University foundation we have.
Boom, Due to the recession, companies don’t have the resources and time to train you on those specific IT skills they need you to have. Hence, in other to gain an edge over other Job seekers, you need to gamble with a couple of IT trainings and certifications and hope to GOD one of them is relevant to an employer. Even if its relevant to the employer, you need to revert back to the original classic question: “How much working experience do you have?”. After gaining the relevant IT Certifications, there are so many ways you can answer that question but in the end, it all boils down to how much confidence the employer has in you to carry out the job needed.
The First and second Job I got after doing my MSc had nothing to do with any of the certifications I had gotten so far. In fact, my computer science background and good customer service skills got me those jobs. The customer service part was learnt on the Job and then the IT bit was covered during training in the first month of both employments. I actually got laid off the First job because my customer service skills were shit despite the fact that my IT skills were excellent. Damn, I should have done a certification on excellent customer services.
So what the fuck is my point? Companies don’t need certifications to give you a job. Certifications should come after getting the job because it reaffirms your current duties on the job and updates you on new developments. That said, Learning new stuff is part and parcel of the IT Career and getting certified is a satisfying way of proving to “yourself” and not an employer that you understand what you have learnt.
CHIMA C OKECHUKWU
Fitzpleasure (The Internet Of Odd Future Remix) by alt-J
Boring Saturday afternoon!!!