Saidat Giwa-Osagie, Business Analyst at Ford
Saidat Giwa-Osagie, Business Analyst with Ford
I never seriously considered a career in technology until I studied Politics and Social Policy. Yes, you did read that correctly. As strange as it may sound, I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I loved studying how people and government related to systems of power, and for me, IT is really about how people interact with powerful information systems.
Out of mere curiosity, I immersed myself in the world of technology. From playing with web design to reading about emerging technology on a regular basis, I learned a lot in a short window of time. That’s the thing about IT – it’s so vast, you can find your niche or broaden your horizons.
After undergrad, I was accepted to the London School of Economics where I studied a master’s degree in Management, Information Systems and Innovation and graduated with Distinction. This was followed by some work within social media management and a stint as a technology writer with articles in The Huffington Post and Business Insider.
These experiences were great, but I really wanted to work up-close with technology in an analytical role, which is why I applied to Ford’s IT Graduate programme and now work as a business analyst. My division is service engineering operations IT, which is related to aftermarket sales, warranty and repair. As a business analyst in this area, it’s an opportunity to work in a multifaceted role which intersects analysis, customer interaction, project management and legislative compliance. It’s especially interesting as the systems I work on are very closely tied to the vehicles so I’ve also been able to learn about the technical aspects of Ford vehicles.
I’m enjoying learning the ins-and-outs of the automotive industry, which parallels IT in its steep history of innovation. I’ve also had the opportunity to partake in IT events such as the Innovation Challenge, for which my team won a prize and have been able to progress our idea towards patent approval.
We’re entering a new automotive age with connected vehicles, driverless cars and global mobility challenges. It is difficult to talk about these topics without mentioning IT, so it’s exciting be working at Ford at such a pivotal moment.
In all my experiences towards a career in IT, I’ve learned to stay inquisitive and draw from unorthodox sources of information and inspiration. Whether it’s outlining a process improvement, or going in-depth with a topic one thing is for sure: with a curious mind in IT, you’re bound to find something interesting.