Dauda thought Deloitte was all about accountancy. He soon discovered that we make an impact in so many more ways than that.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I’m from Nigeria. As well as English, I also speak Hausa, one of the three major languages in Nigeria. I first came to the UK in 2011 to complete my Masters degree in Software Engineering. I had studied computer science in Nigeria and knew it was what I wanted to do. Turns out it was the best decision I could have made; I absolutely love the independence and resourcefulness it’s given me!
I landed my first job in the UK back in 2012 and joined Deloitte in January 2020. Directly prior to that I’d worked as a developer for a software company.
What made you choose Deloitte?
I always thought Deloitte was an accounting firm but I soon discovered that it’s way more than that. My first interview really changed my view – I came away thinking that Deloitte sounded much more like a deep software company than a financial firm.
What do you love about your role?
I’m a full stack software developer which means I do front end as well as back end software developing, although I get involved with other projects too. I love the challenge. I get to work on things that have impact... clear, visible impact. For example, I’m currently working on a next generation case management platform called KYC Flow. I’m particularly excited about cloud technology and infrastructure. That really helps me get out of bed in the morning!
I also get a great amount of confidence from knowing that I am working with the highest standards of practice – for coding cleanliness (CICD) and rolling out multiple releases of software all in one day. To strictly follow such high-quality benchmarks as the norm is truly a big deal.
Another reason I love working here is that I’m encouraged to invest time and effort mentoring the junior developers and talent joining our team. A lot of grads have never done software development so I get a lot of satisfaction from helping them get up to speed.
Any top tips you could share with us?
Use your keyboard more and your mouse less. There are tons of time-saving shortcuts on your keyboard that are often overlooked.
Always find out the ‘why?’ behind any assignment or task you’re given. If you understand the reason you’re doing something, it could make all the difference to how you do it, as well as give you a greater sense of purpose.
Keep reading! Three tech books I’d definitely recommend are; Lean Startup by Eric Ries; Clean Architecture by Robert Cecil Martin; and Clean Code, also by Robert Cecil Martin.
And lastly: Never have regrets. Do everything as best you can the first time. Give it your all.
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