Intelex Technologies has joined the celebration of Black History Month by launching a blog series that shares the first-person experiences of our employees and celebrating their accomplishments and contribution to Intelex. Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout history, through their artistic, cultural, scientific and political contributions. The theme of Black History Month 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
Our final blog introduces you to Quadri Jimoh, who is an infrastructure administrator at Intelex, which means almost everyone at Intelex who has had technical difficulties has spoken with Quadri at some point.
What is your name, title and how long have you worked at Intelex?
My name is Quadri Jimoh. I am an infrastructure administrator at Intelex. I have been at Intelex for just over 3 years.
What do you do at Intelex?
My role entails administration, management and monitoring of core systems that provide computation, collaboration and data security within the organization. Basically, my role is to ensure things are running smoothly in the backend.
What do you like most about working at Intelex?
The people and the start-up culture that the company continues to foster. I also love working with my team; I feel like the work I put in makes a difference within the team and the company.
What do you like about working in tech what are some of your challenges?
The plethora of opportunities. You can choose what you like and make the best out of it.
The challenge would be the constant evolution of the industry. There are many technologies – this means that someone just starting off in the industry can be overwhelmed as everything moves fast. You must keep abreast what’s new and what’s obsolete and keep learning.
Are there challenges to being Black in tech?
None that I have personally experienced or noticed since I have only been in Canada for 5 years. But I would add that I have found there are [fewer] people that look like myself employed in the tech space than I had expected, most notably at the leadership level.
Did you have a mentor and if so what’s the best piece of advice they gave you?
I do not have a mentor. I would love to have one soon, although I do have a lot of role models.
My biggest role model is my father – I know, very cliché. He spent a significant amount of resources to ensure his three kids had the best education and opportunities. The thought of being left alone back home in Nigeria did not deter him from sending every one of us abroad for a better chance at success. He crawled so my siblings and I can walk. I hope to walk so my children can fly.
His advice: “You have to get into business Biola (my middle name. You can’t keep working for someone else for too long. Keep that in mind.”
What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into your line of work?
Do your research, talk to people in the industry before starting off and focus your resources on what you will enjoy doing for a long time. Work on your soft skills, they’re as important, if not more so, than the technical skills.
Do you have a quote that inspires you?
“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct.” – Lionel Messi. This comes from possibly the greatest footballer of all time. Sometimes we get stuck in the never-ending cycle of planning, you must do what your gut tells you. Some say the gut is the second brain.
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