During my IT days, I had the opportunity to serve in the Computer Department of a fairly large firm, this was during the era of dial-up and ISPs(you Gerrit?).
If there happened to be any hiccup with the devices, we had to wait for the computer engineers to come around, this sometimes took days, that meant no work. I was intrigued and a bit bothered by the situation because it sometimes meant boring days at work, or probably more time to read my novels. Why must we always wait??
I decided to go up to the Head of Department, a female, to ask if I could follow the engineers whenever they come around, learn the ropes at least. She obliged, and learn I did! I would go with them, ask questions, Uncle Bola(one of the engineers) was a delight, he didn’t look down on me, a lil girl wanting to how to fix computer devices. This changed the paradigm.
Fast forward a little bit. Whenever there were issues within the company, I would carry the tool box(bigger than what I could easily clutch), and march to the department that called for help. I remember the sneers from a lot of quarters and the outright rejection from a minute few. I remember a particular manager asking my Head of Department, how she could even think of sending ‘this tiny girl’ to fix their system, my HOD retorted and I can’t forget, “if Bisi cannot fix it, you’d have to wait for the engineers to come!”. He calmed and granted some space. I could feel my HOD’s aura around me, though she was far away in her office. I set to work.
Did I fix it? No, I couldn’t, but it sure earned me some trust and I was being called upon from other departments. I became the liaison between the engineers and the firm. My bosses gave me a go at it. I won some, lost some, spoilt some the more, but I kept at it. One of my coaches in the department taught me to be fearless, the computer is man-made! These fantastic people gave me wings!
My knack for fixing systems have long waned, but not my knack for fixing things. I wear several caps wherever I go and seek for ways things can work or improve, longing to be the true help-meet. I get hired for one thing, spread the tentacles to another. One of my professional mantras is, “Learn the ropes and then improve on much more, life isn’t meant to be static! Another is to offer wings to those who desire to fly, and never look down on potential, regardless of how fickle it appears.
And if you’re feeling like that lil girl with a big head and nothing more than a desire, keep at it, pay day is a day less!
Thanks for reading!