“I am pleased to have been a part of Algorizin. They believed in my potentials and kept motivating me, even when I had doubts. Thanks to the wonderful mentors that gladly imparted in me the necessary knowledge and skills, and the cheerful administrative personnel that pervaded the Algorizin workplace with an aura of hospitality.”

Okechi Osuagwu

Location : Broadview Heights, Ohio
Job Title : Software Engineer, Intuit

Coming from a middle-class family in Nigeria, my parents always ensured the best quality of education for my siblings and me. It is safe to say that the drive to learn new things, and excel while doing so, was instilled in me at a very young age. I came to the US in January 2019 for my master’s program in Electrical Engineering. It was quite some culture shock for me, but my professors and the acquaintances/connections I made at the time, were quite helpful in navigating my path as a new immigrant. However, a lot of uncertainties crept in with the start of the pandemic. With a graduation date in December 2020, the commonplace postgrad anxiety was at an all-time high, toward the end of my program.

It was about this time, Ania Piasek, the Head of Talent Development at Algorizin, sent me a direct message (DM) via LinkedIn. I had received similar DMs in the past but something about the way she portrayed the mentorship program at Algorizin, stood out for me. The idea of belonging to a community of people who shared the same interests, struggles and goals, was just about the right solace I needed at the time. So, I resolved it was gonna be Algorizin!!! It is also worthy of note that at the time, I said my supplications to the Supreme Being.

Joining here in November 2020 was the foundation of what I now refer to as divine orchestration. The program there is top notch. The team genuinely cares about the students and their well-being. No organization functions well or grows without constructive feedback; and the mentor/mentee feedback system over there is great. I was particularly amazed at the frequency. Oh, not to forget the awesome connections I made!!! The mentorship program provided an opportunity to network, meet, and work with so many brilliant minds; and this I do not take for granted.  

I earlier envisioned that the transition from EE to software engineering was gonna be smooth, since I was competent in Mathematics, and I had connected some dots between Math and coding. The initial coding exercises were easy-peasy, and just when I thought I was getting a hang of the new career path, it gradually became challenging and frustrating. I had doubts, and whenever they crept in, I voiced them out to mentor Siam who always had the right inspirational words for me. So yeah, it’s really okay to get nervous and doubtful at the start of a new adventure.

I am pleased to have been a part of Algorizin. They believed in my potential and kept motivating me, even when I had doubts. Thanks to the wonderful mentors who gladly imparted the necessary knowledge and skills, and the cheerful administrative personnel that pervaded the Algorizin workplace with an aura of hospitality. I strongly encourage any immigrant seeking career assistance in this foreign land to consult Algorizin. Believe me when I say that the experience will be well worth it! 

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