My name is Wale A. I created this blog as a way to express my thoughts mainly around Tech and Personal Finance, while trying to navigate a new post pandemic world.
My journey started as a child of immigrant parents who immigrated to Canada from Nigeria when I was a kid. My love for technology and computers started in Canada while taking a few computer classes like Graphic Design, Visual Basic, CAD Design and Drafting. While in High School, I took additional computer classes like Turing and a few Math classes to prepare for my undergrad program. During this time was when I also got my first taste into the World Wide Web, buying a domain name and building a website. This is when I knew I wanted to remain in the technology field.
I went on to pursue my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Applied Computer Science from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. During my 4-year undergraduate degree I was very fortunate to be accepted into internship programs as a summer student with Hydro One Networks Inc., Barrick Gold Corporation and ComputerShare Trust Company. Looking back now, I just realized how big of a deal it was having those names on my resume before even graduating university.
After graduating, I was interviewing for various roles trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. In fact, I recall interviewing with Salesforce.com when they just opened up their first Canadian office, which happened to be in Toronto. I ended up venturing out to the U.S., which led to my career in Oracle ERP/HCM Applications. I got to work on various large scale project implementations all over the map. Those projects include companies like Siemens, Weight Watchers, Baylor Scott & White Health, Cottage Health, Madison Square Garden Company, United Health Group, Valaris and many more. During this period of career growth, I had my moments of highs and lows. Low, being the financial crisis of 2008 when everything came crashing down. I remember living through that and just wanting to never be unprepared for something like that ever again. The recovery took years. As things slowly gained back momentum, I continued to build a long-term successful career in this space and became an expert in my craft. Along the way, I also dabbled in various side projects like iOS Development and advising small businesses on lean tools they can use to simplify and automate their business.
Fast Forward to 2020 and here we are. Everything happening right now feels like a vivid repeat of 2008 all over again, maybe even worse. I am better prepared this time, but empathize with the pain a lot of folks must be feeling right now, similar to what I felt back then. All my life I've always been able to figure things out, adapt and execute. I pride myself in learning new things constantly, this has allowed me to always come out stronger.
As I navigate myself through this new post pandemic world, I hope to share ideas that may inspire or help others. Writing for me is like therapy. The pandemic feels like it could be with us for some time in whatever the “new normal” is. The impact will be long lasting, but those who can adapt and innovate will survive.
There are only two options, get to work and dig or sink.