Moyinoluwa is a Google Developer Expert for Android and a Software Engineer at Twitter. Before Twitter, she was a Senior Android Developer at Zola Electric where she worked in a team to enable people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean energy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Mathematics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Moyinoluwa loves learning and sharing her knowledge about Android Development at local and international events. She is also very involved with the developer community. She started the first Women Techmakers group in Nigeria at her university in 2013, managed the Google Developers Group there for 3 years and she was a co-organizer for the Google Developers Group in Lagos for almost four years. While she’s not doing any of these things you’ll most likely find her with her nose in a good book, speaking at a developer event, learning German or trying to beat her personal best for a marathon.
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You have experience having worked at a Udacity Nanodegree. It seems that the old paradigm of attending university, acquiring a degree and finding a job is no longer the most valid one for software engineers. How does your own experience relate?
I studied Computer Science at University, so I followed the traditional path of acquiring a CS degree. A degree helped me build the foundations of everything I do today. I also met the set of people who would eventually influence my decision to become a programmer and to program for Android.
What would you say to a developer thinking of starting one of those degrees?
I think it depends. They should know whether that method of learning works for them. One of the major reasons I find this kind of certification path very interesting is that there’s a curriculum. That’s not always the case in a field in which a student is trying to plot a course for themselves.
That’s really interesting. I think most of us in the industry would say at least some of our knowledge is self-taught. A lot of what we learn comes from podcasts and books. Which do you prefer?
Books. I find that reading helps a lot with my writing. It also helps me stay focused on one thing at a time, which is becoming increasingly difficult for me. I also think that books contain more nuance than a podcast can have. One can argue that podcasts are faster to get through, though.