Get to grips with the ins and outs of Inno-Sci’s technical side
As Inno-Sci moves into the decentralised education (DeEd) tech space, our technical team has been working incredibly hard to make this a reality! Meet our Technical Lead and Instructor Umma and find out exactly what she’s been working on.
Tell us a little bit about what you do at Inno-Sci?
I work as Technical Lead Instructor at Inno-Sci where I am conducting various technical courses for our learners. Our learners are from all over Norway.
Inno-Sci in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides new career opportunities in IT. To meet the great demand for cloud expertise and increase the supply of talent, we offer the AWS re/Start program, a 12-week course that provides available cloud expertise and new job opportunities. Students are trained to design, build, deploy, and maintain business applications and critical infrastructure inside the Cloud. Including Core IT areas for Support/ Operations such as Linux, Networking, Security, Python Programming and Databases among a few. They have developed skills and expertise to help them design and build advanced cloud-based solutions and migrate existing workloads to the cloud.
What exactly is a Technical Lead Instructor?
Technical lead instructor is a certified technical trainer. I assist in training and educating our IT students to become competent and technically skilled industry workers in Technology. I currently teach technical courses on Cloud Computing. This job requires strong verbal communication, good teaching skills, and the ability to inspire and motivate learners since it involves skills assessments to track the progress of trainees individually. especially since most of our learners are highly educated students, with bachelor and master’s degrees who are launching a career start into the Tech/IT industry. I regularly attend educational workshops and review publications to maintain my technical knowledge and quality service and to be able to design computer training manuals more effectively to meet current industry demands.
As a Technical Lead on our team, I provide strategic technical guidance to proactively improve performance, reliability, security and cost-effectiveness of customers’ solutions using industry best practices.
Aside that I play an advisory role in evaluating the work processed and implementing technology solutions to meet the business’s current and future needs. At Inno-Sci we encourage an environment that promotes customer service, excellence, innovation, collaboration and teamwork.
What was your career experience before you started at Inno-Sci?
I am a Computer Science graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration. I started my career as a teaching assistant and administrative officer in the University of Liberal Arts (ULAB). After gathering this mix of IT and business knowledge I started working as a freelancer for companies around the world. I moved to Norway three years ago with my family and explored different areas of job sectors. As part of that journey, I learnt new technologies and eventually got to meet the CEO of Inno-Sci which propelled me into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud family.
In any case, I have been fully immersed in the Web3/decentralised education (DeEd) tech space for a number of years now, skilling up and volunteering whenever I could find the time which mainly involved speed-running lectures. Although having now been in a couple of Solidity roles it’s clear both my career and passion lies in this exciting intersection of decentralised education (DeEd) and tech.
What exciting things are you working on at the moment?
There is always so much more to learn, so I am constantly on the hunt for new applications to learn. Technology changes at a faster pace and as a cloud expert and technical trainer continuous learning is necessary for my growth. For now, I am teaching technical courses, and using other core skills I have acquired over the years like graphics design and Web3 to make the learning process more fun for our learners.
What does your day-to-day look like?
As an AWS certified trainer, no two days look the same. My job is to deliver instructor led courses, be it physical or online to our learners and our partners who are based in Norway. Teaching is not only about disgorging knowledge, but also about concisely hearing from our students and that sometimes involves using analogies, anecdotes or involves going the extra mile to assist your student meeting a deadline late in the evening. Every student is different, it is my responsibility to help them find their way of learning and support them to become not just a Cloud Engineer, but a good Cloud Engineer!
I always have to stay on top of my game, so my day starts with going through my lessons, and teaching the rest of the day. I spend afternoons learning new technical things, preparing the next day’s lessons, or participating in internal meetings with Inno-Sci.
So other than work and new learnings, meetings and some form of physical activity make up the rest of my time.
What would you consider a career highlight so far?
To be able to achieve an AWS certification, and successfully teach as a technical trainer Expert. That’s a clear winner for me so far. I now offer mentorship to others on the program which supported me during my time as a student, so it feels amazing to start giving something back already, especially when this can at times be such a confusing and daunting space to get started in.
If you could give your younger self a bit of career advice, what would it be?
Learn broadly, do not get stuck in one location and challenge yourself to be your best self!
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