The biggest decision of my life
A single decision triggered a series of events that have led to me being able to say that I'm a digital product manager at DLG.
That decision was to withdraw my UCAS (university) application without first consulting with my parents.
Having parents that were born and raised in Uganda, there’s a distinct difference in the way we think about education. My parents saw university as my only choice which meant that for me to withdraw my application - let alone do it without first talking to them about it - was a big deal.
There was a huge amount of pressure on me to prove it was the right decision.
At the time, I was pursuing a career in football while working in retail for a football club. Unfortunately, the dream of becoming a professional footballer faded away.
Meanwhile, I had become increasingly frustrated with my work life. I was on a zero-hour contract, and felt I had more to offer than the mundane retail tasks given to me.
I was told I could stay for as long as I wanted, so I did
I reached out to my older brother for advice, who recommended The Prince’s Trust as one of his friends used it as a springboard to get a job at a major UK bank. So, I thought, “why not?” I filled out an online form for a programme called Get Into Technology, run by Amazon Web Services in association with The Prince’s Trust and QA.
A couple of days later I got a call inviting me to a taster day for the course, and from there everything just seemed to fall into place.
I loved what I was learning and found a new calling within the tech world.
As a part of the course, I did two weeks of work experience here in Digital. I enjoyed what I learnt and managed to get invited back for extended work experience. I was told I could stay for as long as I wanted, so I did.
Two months later I was still at DLG and was offered a one-year contract.
I’m nearing the end of my contract, but would love to stay longer and continue enjoying this journey.