It was all excitement at the Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023 as Nick Marden, the Founder and CEO of Rapid River Software, Maine, USA, listed, in his presentation, what the members of the Nigerian tech ecosystem need to do to land global tech jobs waiting for them.
He listed these in a presentation he made, titled “Building Global Careers in Nigerian Communities”.
Nick is a seasoned software developer and entrepreneur with a track record dating back to 1994, stated that about 41 tech companies in the USA alone and more, are waiting to hire Nigerian tech practitioners, who will be working remotely here in Nigeria and earning in US Dollars.
He disclosed that his own tech company in the USA, Rapid River Software, Maine, USA, currently employs 21 Nigerian Developers, who are currently working remotely in Nigeria.
On some things that Global tech companies look for before hiring tech workers, Nick stated that they look for raw ability, mental muscle and understanding to do the job.
He also listed competence, skill and knowledge to do the job as other attributes required to have.
Nick emphasized that the Nigerian tech worker must have very good communication skills and also can collaborate with other people as well as have the conviction to face tough times and find ways out of dealing with issues as they come.
He encouraged the establishment of a schooling system which encourages STEM education, self-studying, internship and mentorship.
He stressed that to enable Nigerians who Global tech companies employ to be effective in working remotely in Nigeria, the infrastructure on the ground in terms of fast internet provision and stable electricity, etc.
Nick thinks that Nigerians are equal to the task as he and his team from the USA interviewed 37 prospective Developers on Monday, October 31, 2023, when they arrived for the Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023 and found many of them to be fantastic.
While answering questions from the audience, Nick stressed the need for tech workers to start from somewhere, such as on online tech job platforms, such as Upwork, Fiverr, etc., where they will showcase their talent, from where they will be known and spotted for hiring.
Nick concluded his presentation by stating that no one is too old to learn and join the tech wave, as he is 51 years old and had to go learn certain things on tech when he was 47 years old and what he learned is helping him out in his daily task as a tech worker today.
Nick will be available, throughout the tech week which ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023, as he will be sharing his wealth of experience in building a global career right from your local community.
Featured Image: Nick Marden making his presentation at Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023